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From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Belmont Families,

Midterms are approaching on January 21-23. Students are only expected to attend school when they have midterm exams. Not all classes give midterms. You can find the midterm schedule here. If you have further questions, please contact your child’s teacher, or the relevant curriculum director. The library and cafe will be open all day. Lunch will be available from 10:15-12:00. We are looking at the possibility of bringing in therapy dogs during midterm and final weeks. We started the research into this rather late, and so it is unlikely we will have anything in place for this year’s midterms. However, there are a couple of students who have come forward with a trained, certified therapy dog that they would like to make available to interested students. If you have any thoughts about this, please let me know.

The entrance door near the library is now unlocked in the morning before school for students wishing to enter the building (this is the closest entrance for students coming down the walking/cycle path from Concord Ave at Orchard Street). This pathway will be closed on Saturday for utility work.

If you were not able to complete the high school start time survey, please take a few minutes to let us know what you think about the later start time. You will find the student survey here and the parent survey here. The deadline for completing these surveys is this Sunday, 1/12/2020 at midnight.

Best,

Isaac Taylor

Principal

Upcoming Events

Event

Location

Time

PTSO Speaker Series - Screening- Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience

BHS Auditorium

1/14 @ 6:30 pm

Sophomore Parent Coffee/Conversation

BHS Little Theater

1/15 @ 8:00 am

PTSO Meeting

BHS Library

1/15 @ 7:30 pm

Quarter 2 Ends

BHS

1/17

Martin Luther King Day - School Closed

District-wide

1/20

Midterm Exams

BHS

1/21-23

Quarter 3 Begins

BHS

1/24

Homework Free Weekend

BHS

1/24-26

Improv Show

BHS Little Theater

1/31-2/1 @ 7:00 pm

MCAS - Biology Retest

BHS

2/5-6

PTSO Speaker Series

BHS Little Theater

2/11 @ 6:30 pm

Summit Presentation on ACT vs SAT

BHS Auditorium

2/12 @ 6:30 pm

February Break

District-wide

2/17-2/21

You can view the full Belmont High calendar here

NOTICES

Brendan Grant Tournament: This all day wrestling event will take place tomorrow Saturday 1/11 in the Wenner Field House from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. This event is in memory of BHS student Brendan Grant, class of 2000. This is a great community event, and a point of pride for our school. 

The Belmont Police and Fire departments will hold a Martin Luther King Day of Service Collection Drive for Cradles to Crayons. New or like-new warm winter essentials are needed for children from infants to age 12. Most needed clothes are winter coats, boots, and clothing from newborn through adult medium sizes.

Belmont High School is participating as a drop off point for the clothing drive from Monday, January 13 through Friday, January 17. The collection box will be in the lobby.  Additionally, the box will be outside the café during the MLK Breakfast on Monday, the 20th.

For questions about the drive, please contact Lt. Kristin Daley at 617-993-2554 or Kim Kaufman at 617-993-2202.  

Kindergarten Parent Information Night is a few weeks away, held on Thursday, January 23, at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Winthrop L. Chenery Middle School auditorium located at 95 Washington Street (snow date Thursday, January 30).

This is a general information night for parents and guardians of students entering kindergarten at Belmont Public Schools in 2020-2021 with all four elementary schools represented; Mary Lee Burbank, Daniel Butler, Roger Wellington, and Winn Brook. Presenting is Superintendent John Phelan along with school and central office personnel. Please note Kindergarten information night is for adults only.

Please join us for a showing of the newly released film "Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience."

When:Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Where:Belmont High School Auditorium at 7pm – 8:30 pm.  

The film examines the science behind the emotional challenges of tweens & teens, along with the interplay of social media, sleep, and external pressures.  Most importantly, it highlights what can be done in our schools and homes to help youth build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our current age. This film is not available online or via Netflix. Parents are encouraged to bring their children, ages 11 and up and older youth are welcome to attend on their own.  After the film, we will offer a Q&A session with Belmont School Staff serving on the panel. 

This event is free and open to the public! Thank you to our generous sponsors: the Belmont High School PTSO, the Chenery PTO, the Foundation for Belmont Education, and the Belmont Wellness Coalition.

Library quiet work hour: Beginning on January 2, the library will be open at 7:00 am for 50 minutes of quiet work. We are going to run this as a trial until February break. If it works, it will continue. Students should only use the library during this time for very quiet work.

High School Quiz Bowl:The link for our first (again, hopefully not last) taping of high school quiz show is live. Tickets are FREE and it’s a super fun experience! Click here for tickets. The taping will take place on Saturday 2/1, with arrival at 8:45 am and last about 2 hours. If we win, we will also need audience members for the next weekend. Let’s show up in full force for BHS! Let me know if you have any questions.

10th Grade Families: Guidance will be hosting a 10th grade coffee and conversation for Parents/Guardians of sophomores on January 15th in the little theater from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. Come meet the BHS Guidance team and learn about resources, testing time-line/ standardized tests and course selection. Revolution Prep will present on Growth Mindset.

Yearbook ads and purchasing a yearbook- Jostens Ad Services is an easy way to design online a loving and celebratory message for your student(s). If you have any questions or need help in the production of the message, please contact help desk at 877-767-5217. To reach the site, click here. To purchase a yearbook, click here.

The Anonymous Tip Line is up and running. Please text 978-540-5375 if you have information that you feel you should report to our school administration team and school resource officer.






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