From the Principal’s Desk - Week of Monday, October 5

Dear Belmont Families,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at this week’s first ever virtual back to school night! Thank you for taking the time to join us. I really appreciate all of the questions and feedback. We have attempted to address all of your questions in this newsletter.

In this issue, you will find updates on:

Meet and Greets: Grade 11

School Committee Presentation from 9/29

Recapping Virtual Back to School Night

Mastery vs. Engagement Clarification

Activities Fair

Materials Pickup Update

Technology Resources

Upcoming Events/Save the Dates

Meet and Greets: Grade 11

Our final meet and greet will be Wednesday, October 7 with our junior class. Students have been given a time slot and specified location between 12:00-2:50 to meet with their homerooms in small, socially distanced, masked groups. Ms. Ruane sent out grade-specific information on Saturday, 9/12 - please refer to that PDF guide in order to identify your assigned slot. 

School Committee Presentation from 9/29

For those who missed the presentation of the proposed BHS Hybrid schedule, you can find it here. We will provide further information related to the hybrid next week.

Recapping Virtual Back to School Night

It was great to “see” so many of you on Wednesday night! We received excellent feedback about the virtual format of the evening and our educators’ presentations. Thank you for your flexibility and for embracing the experience of your student’s day! 

Mastery vs. Engagement Clarification

On Back to School Night, we received many questions about how mastery and engagement are “measured” in our remote instructional model. We thought it best to provide two example, courtesy of the social studies department:

 

Engagement

Mastery

Example #1:

Students read a section of their textbook in preparation for class. When they arrive in class, they answer five multiple choice questions. They are not graded on the accuracy of their answers - instead, the teacher looks to see that all five questions were attempted and provides feedback. The student gets a “check.”

Students are given a primary source along with a short answer question. In their response, they must include four vocabulary words from the week  (and demonstrate that they understand these terms). The assignment is graded out of 10 points using a rubric.

Example #2:

Students create an identity chart about themselves. Completion of the assignment results in a “check.” 

After participating in lessons that address presentational skills and how to ask good questions, students present their identity chart and interview a peer about the peer’s identity chart. Students are graded out of 30 points on the quality of their presentation and interview questions. 

Learning Hub

Many of you heard about our Learning Hub at Back to School Night. This resource is now live on the BHS website. On this hub, you will find links to a Weekly Overview for each course. For courses with multiple sections, you will need to know what section your child is in (this is labeled by color). Each teacher has formatted their Weekly Overview in the way that is most purposeful for their course. The goal of this hub is to provide you a roadmap and overview of what your child is experiencing each week. These documents are updated each Wednesday. Should you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher. The link is here. 

Activities Fair

Our club officers and leaders did an amazing job this week hosting virtual sessions for their clubs at our Activities Fair on Tuesday and Friday. It was awesome to have so many of our students participating in the Activities Fair and learning about clubs of interest. We have over 75 student-led clubs at BHS this year. On Monday, students will receive and email with the final list of all clubs and the contact information for club officers; students will be able to use this information to reach out to any club that they weren’t able to visit at the Activities Fair but would like to learn more about. 

Materials Pickup Update

We are finishing up our last scheduled day of materials pickup this afternoon. Thank you to everyone who helped to get textbooks and materials into the hands of our students.  If you missed your materials pickup time, please look for an email on Monday from Ms. Winn with directions for how to pick them up next week. If your child already picked up their materials and something was missing from the pile, please have them fill out this form

Technology Resources

Students should be accessing their Google Meet links for each course. Google Classroom pages contain the Google Meet link. If your child is having difficulty with technology, please have them email studentsupport@belmontschools.net . 

Student Photos

We are working with Hayward Photography to offer senior portraits this month. Please click here to access detailed information from the photographers.  Outdoor appointments are available at Belmont High School on the following dates:

Wednesday, October 7 from 1-3pm

Saturday, October 10 from 10am-1pm

Sunday, October 11 from 10am-1pm

Tuesday, October 13 from 3-5pm

Wednesday, October 14 from 1-3pm

Sunday, October 18 from 10am-1pm

Tuesday, October 20 from 3-5pm

Wednesday, October 21 from 1-3pm

Additional dates will be posted online.

Here is the Belmont Seniors page on the Hayward Photography website: https://www.haywardphotography.com/belmont-high-school/

We hope to be able to offer additional dates in the future for our ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students. 

Upcoming Events/Save the Dates

Event

Date/Time

Guidance Senior Parent Night

October 7th

Grade 11 Meet and Greet

October 7th 

Senior Portraits (By Appointment)

Wednesday, October 7 from 1-3pm

Saturday, October 10 from 10am-1pm

Sunday, October 11 from 10am-1pm

Tuesday, October 13 from 3-5pm

Wednesday, October 14 from 1-3pm

Sunday, October 18 from 10am-1pm

Tuesday, October 20 from 3-5pm

Wednesday, October 21 from 1-3pm

Best,

Isaac Taylor he/him
Principal

NOTICES

Senior Parent Future Planning Night has been rescheduled to Wed., Oct. 7th 6:30PM-8:00PM. Webinar link and info. has been emailed to all senior parents/guardians.

The Guidance Dept. will be giving a presentation about the steps needed for future planning for your senior, this will focus on information about the college process, but also include gap year and other post grad info. Students do not need to attend as we presented this information to them last Friday during xblock.

FBE VIRTUAL APPLE RUN 2020 STARTS OCTOBER 2ND

This annual FBE fall event has 5K and 2K races that can be run during a window that opens on Friday, October 2nd and closes end of the day on Monday, October 12th. This is a great opportunity for families to run together! Or create a virtual team with friends, BHS teammates or classmates. Details on the race, registration, prizes and FBE Apple Run swag bag are available at www.fbe-belmont.org/run. Please enjoy this fun, informative 'Superhero' Safety 5K Run video highlighting safe crossing points and course tips at https://youtu.be/zCN8ZgSojgI. The FBE urges participants to follow all guidelines for social distancing and to be aware of street traffic while running the course. Questions? Email racedirector@fbe-belmont.org

BHS Weekly Athletic Schedule 9.28 thru 10.10

Below please find “The BHS Weekly Athletic Schedule 10.5 thru 10.10”

Please note that spectators are limited to one per player and must have a Middlesex League issued pass to attend a scheduled contest. BHS Athletics is currently working with Belmont Media  to provide streaming of as many of our home games as possible. Please check the Belmont Media website for their programing schedule.

Updates to the schedule can be viewed online at https://belmontathletics.net/main/calendar/

Tuesday, October 06

3:15 PM Varsity Golf Lexington High School Home

Wednesday, October 07

3:00 PM Varsity Golf Lexington High School Away

Saturday, October 10

9:00 AM Boys Varsity Cross Country Lexington High School Away

9:00 AM Boys Freshman Soccer Lexington High School Away

9:00 AM Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Lexington High School Home

9:00 AM Girls Freshman Soccer Lexington High School Home

10:30 AM Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Lexington High School Away

11:00 AM Boys Junior Varsity Cross Country Lexington High School Away

11:00 AM Girls Freshman Field Hockey Lexington High School Home

12:30 PM Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Lexington High School Home

2:00 PM Varsity Golf Winchester High School Away

2:30 PM Girls Varsity Field Hockey Lexington High School Home

4:00 PM Girls Varsity Soccer Lexington High School Home

6:30 PM Boys Varsity Soccer Lexington High School Away

Guidance Information

Virtual College Visits

Belmont High School will be doing college visits virtually this year! Seniors and Juniors can look at their naviance accounts and the college visits will be listed on their home page.  If students are interested in attending these visits they will need to sign up by using the “college” tab on naviance.  Once you are signed up the link will be available.

Visits for next week:

Appt Date
Appt Start
College

10/6/2020
1:00pm
College of the Holy Cross

10/6/2020
1:30pm
Rollins College

10/6/2020
2:00pm
Western New England University

10/7/2020
12:30pm
Pace University, Westchester Campus

10/7/2020
12:00pm
University of Southern California

10/7/2020
1:00pm
Fisher College

10/7/2020
1:30pm
Case Western Reserve University

10/9/2020
11:30am
Hofstra University

10/9/2020
12:30pm
Wesleyan University

10/9/2020
12:00pm
Gettysburg College

Other Upcoming College Virtual Fairs are below:

NACAC VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS 

Monday October 12 from 1pm - 9pm

Sunday October 18 from 12pm - 8pm

Sunday November 8 from 2pm - 10pm

COALITION VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS 

October 21-22 from 7pm - 10pm

November 4-5 from 7pm - 10pm

Senior Parents Information Night

This will take place on October 7th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  Guidance will host a virtual college information night to review the college application process and other future plans.   Students do not need to attend as the same information was given to the seniors in their September 25 virtual meeting. A zoom link will be sent out next week.

Student Chromebooks

Families who were unable to pick up a district-issued device can sign up for a time slot using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/devicepickup

School Pictures

We are working with our photography company to plan for student pictures (including Senior Photos). We will need to coordinate with the Belmont Department of Public Health to plan this and will update as more information becomes available.

A message from the Belmont Innocence Club

There are currently between 46,000 and 230,000 people in the US who have been incarcerated for crimes that they did not commit, nearly 50% of which were convicted before they even turned 21. To put it in perspective, many of these convicts have been behind bars longer than most BHS students have been alive. It is essential that as we mature into young adults, we do not turn a blind eye to injustices in our community. The Belmont Innocence Club for Criminal Justice believes that change begins at the individual level, by educating ourselves about wrongful convictions and advocating for criminal justice reform. We meet every Friday at 3 starting September 25th using this Google Meet Link. For more information, go to https://belmontinnocenceclub.carrd.co/ or email belmontinnocenceclub@gmail.com. Wrongful Conviction Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness for wrongful convictions, falls on October 2nd, a Friday. We invite anyone interested to join our weekly meeting session where we will take part in activities surrounding wrongful convictions and criminal justice reform. We hope you can make it and cannot wait to make a difference together.

Anonymous Tip Line

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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