From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Belmont Families,

I would like to extend a huge shout out to our senior class and their families- It was wonderful to see every one of you you today collecting your caps and gowns! The teachers and staff loved seeing you all, and we are so proud of you! We are all very much looking forward to seeing you dressed up next week for your graduation pictures.

Seniors, now that you have your caps, please decorate them, and send pictures to Ms. Ruane- we will be using these in our ceremony.

Summer reading lists are now available for the 2020-2021 school year. If you would like to make a head start, you can find the list here.

Please see the notes below for more information on the following:​

  • Adopt a Senior!
  • Senior Rolling Rally
  • Senior Capstone Projects- see our students present
  • BHS Virtual Yearbooks
  • Door decoration- deadline May 28!

Pre-Graduation pictures May 26, 27, & 28

These will be days of making memories. Many of the parents and students that we have been meeting with expressed the strong desire for students to be able to walk across the stage for commencement. Here is how we plan to make this happen. Students will be given a time-slot to come to the high school to walk across the stage and have a picture holding their diploma near the principal (6 feet social distancing will be in effect). The pictures will be taken by a professional photographer, and an 8x10 print will be delivered to families. Students will also have a video taken of them walking across the stage, which will be utilized for graduation on June 7. Up to two family members may attend with each student. All students and family members must adhere to strict social distancing guidelines. All instructions will be provided soon. Students not wishing to participate in this activity will have their senior photograph used at graduation.

Graduation- June 7 at 1:00 pm

This will be a day to honor our graduates with a live and virtual graduation. In order to ensure a professional presentation, we will be using the cloud based communications provider Issuer Direct to support our virtual graduation and make sure it looks and feels professional. The ceremony will follow a traditional commencement as much as possible, with a mixture of live speeches in the auditorium, and prerecorded elements, such as students walking across the stage. 

Rolling Rally

A group of Belmont parents have organized a rolling rally in support of our seniors! On June 6, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., our senior class is invited to participate in a rolling rally through Belmont. Seniors will decorate their cars and ride along while a parent or older sibling drives along a prearranged route. People will be outside on their porches or parked along the parade route to cheer you on. There will be a strict limit of one car per family.   We are still working out the details of the best route through town and the safest way to celebrate our awesome seniors.  The Belmont Police have asked that we try to determine how many of our seniors are likely to participate as the number of participants effects the route.  Please respond to Mary Ellen MacDonald (memacdonald@outlook.com) to let her know if you will participate in the rolling rally.  We hope you will take this opportunity to be celebrated and acknowledged by the Belmont community. 

Best,

Isaac Taylor,
Principal

Upcoming Events

Event Location Date/Time
     
Senior commencement pictures   May 26-28
Last day of school for all students   June 17
Graduation (This date may be revised based on guidance from the state).   June 7

You can view the full Belmont High calendar here

NOTICES

Adopt a Senior!

A group of senior parents have started an Adopt a Senior program for our 2020 seniors! This is being done nationally to celebrate class of 2020 High School Seniors due to COVID. The organizers wanted to take this on for the Belmont High School Class of 2020, and are excited to collaborate with A Chocolate Dream here in Belmont, as they are a local small business. 

The goal of this group is to show our seniors the love and support of our community, given that their senior events have been changed or cancelled  this year. This is a collaboration with A Chocolate Dream. Joining is optional. We hope to get all seniors to join “adopted” but it is completely optional.

If you are a senior (or senior parent) who would like to participate please request to join the private Facebook group and create a post about you (senior picture, post BHS plans, and most importantly some of the candy you like best!).  This is outlined in the group as well.

For members of the community who wish to “adopt a senior”, they may join the group.  A Senior is “adopted” by commenting “adopted” on their post.  After adopting a senior please email A Chocolate Dream directly to place and pay for your order:

vicki@achocolatedream.com

  • -senior name
  • -budget 
  • -phone #
  • -requests
  • -any other information you think is necessary 
  • -please note Adopt a Senior in the subject of your email

Goodie bags purchased for “adopted” seniors will be delivered safely by parent volunteers (wearing masks and gloves). We are so grateful to those who choose to “adopt” a senior and thank you for supporting the BHS Class of 2020. Please visit the link below to join the Belmont High School Adopt a Senior Facebook Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/530524064291818/?ref=share

Senior Projects!

The English department proudly presents Senior Projects from the Class of 2020. Among the projects are senior theses and capstone products. Students writing a thesis demonstrate their ability to create an original argument and synthesize multiple sources including secondary evidence. Students creating a capstone product investigate an inquiry question that is intellectually and emotionally engaging and culminates in academic and creative expression. Both projects show the growth of students’ thinking and writing over the course of a year and are amazing accomplishments. View the projects here.

BHS Virtual Yearbook 

Calling all seniors! In keeping with the tradition of signing yearbooks (when we can’t do it physically), a group of BHS seniors have been working on a virtual yearbook to send/receive messages to and from classmates before they head off to colleges and careers next year. Sign up here using your belmontschools.net address anytime between now and graduation (but the sooner the better!!). Staff and the greater BHS community can also sign on to celebrate our wonderful seniors. Thank you to Alek Westover, Ziyong Cui, Leon Fan, Gilchrist Imboywa, David Leigh, Madeline Kitch, Andrew Naumann, Joy He, and Kevin Hsu for all of your hard work to make this happen. 

Senior Portraits in the Local Paper!

The Belmont Citizen-Herald and Wicked Local Belmont is offering graduating BHS seniors the opportunity to send their portrait along with an email stating their post graduation plans (college attending, possible major, or other plans) and hopes for the  future in 50 words or less. Photos and the text should be sent in one email to 

Belmont @wickedlocal.com by May 22 for publication June 4.

Joanna Kaselis Tzouvelis
Senior Multimedia Journalist
Belmont Citizen-Herald

Door Decoration Competition

CALLING ALL MARAUDERS! Want to take on a project that celebrates YOU and could earn you a literal DOOR PRIZE?  

DEADLINE: MAY 29TH 

PRIZE: $100 STARBUCKS OR AMAZON GIFT CARD

Please decorate a door (or window) at your house that celebrates who YOU are as a Marauder! Hang up your jersey, a flyer from a past show, your name, your graduation year, streamers, sparkles...whatever you want! 

You can submit your door decoration by taking a photo of it and sending it to Ms. Ruane at aruane@belmontschools.net We look forward to seeing your creations!  

SENIORS: PLEASE SUBMIT A PICTURE OF YOURSELF IN YOUR COLLEGE GEAR OR GEAR THAT INDICATES POST-GRAD PLANS! PLEASE SEND TO:  aruane@belmontschools.net - I know college decisions are not until June 1 but if you could send me pictures ASAP, it would be greatly appreciated!

100% Bonus for quarter 4

This is a reminder about the 100% bonus for quarter 4. This bonus is intended to offer students the opportunity to boost their year long grade. In order to earn this bonus, students must complete all work in line with teacher expectations. As I stated last month when I first announced this bonus, it is each student's responsibility to understand the expectations of each teacher. Teachers have made their expectations clear, and are happy to clarify these with students- just ask! All students will maintain credit, and keep their current grade, by handing in 60% of the assignments for quarter 4. The bonus is something extra, and may require significantly more effort, so be prepared to put in the work if that is what you want.

Message from the high school nurses

Parents

Nobody expects you to be OK all of the time. If you are feeling overwhelmed, please reach out for help. There are many staff members who are here for you (nurse, guidance, administrators) as well as local support groups (belmonthelps.org). You can also call or text the Samaritans Statewide Helpline 1-877-870-4673, they have trained volunteers ready to give emotional support. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 is available 24/7. It is important to ground yourself in healthy ways to combat the chaos and stress caused by this pandemic. As always, you can reach out to the school nurse cjackman@belmont.k12.ma.us for help.

Students

The school nurse misses you. Her office hours are on Monday and Wednesday from 11am-12pm. She is available for email, google meets, or phone calls. Although not a replacement for your medical provider, the nurse can help answer your physical and mental health questions. She also genuinely wants to know how you are doing and would love to hear from you. Please reach out to her at cjackman@belmont.k12.ma.us

Guidance updates

The guidance dept. is sending out weekly emails to each grade through students' Naviance emails and the letters are also posted on the guidance webpage. Please encourage your child to check their Naviance email or the guidance webpage on Fridays for these weekly updates at: Guidance Department 

The Anonymous Tip Line

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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