From the Principal's Desk - Week of Monday, October 23

Dear Belmont Families,

A month into school, we recognize that while so much has changed at BHS for this school year, so much of what is good and important in our school community has not - namely, the commitment, dedication, and awe-inspiring ways of your students. The School Committee has decided to put a pause on our hybrid start. We are using this pause in the move to hybrid as an opportunity to reflect upon our remote practices and to solicit more feedback from students about their experience so far this school year. Given the high level of student stress surrounding the uncertainty, we are hopeful that our students can rest, recharge, and get outside this weekend. 

In this issue, you will find updates on:

  1. Remote/Hybrid Timeline
  2. SAT update
  3. X-Block
  4. Cameras

Remote/HybridTimeline: 

Following the decision to keep BHS in a remote setting and therefore postpone the hybrid start, the School Committee will meet again on Tuesday. We will provide information following their determinations in this meeting.  Please note: Phase 1 and Phase 2 students will continue to access their classes from home through the end of the school day on Tuesday, 10/27. We will plan to communicate any and all changes to our phase 2 programming as that information becomes available. 

SATs on Tuesday 10/27

We plan to go ahead with our SAT tests on Tuesday for seniors who have signed up. We will be using the latest information from BALA to identify rooms with sufficient air flow.. If you are signed up for this test, you will receive more information on Monday.

X-block: 

Starting Monday, students will sign up for X-Block sessions with their homeroom teachers. X-Block occurs on Tuesday and again on Friday. Each X-Block is split in half resulting in two sessions: X1 and X2. Students are required to select X1 or X2 on both Tuesday AND Friday. Attendance will be taken based on the sign-ups. X-Block will function as a class. A common question from students has been, “What if I don’t need to see a teacher?”  Even if students feel that there is not a pressing need to meet, we are requiring students to schedule sessions with a teacher or guidance counselor as we believe that there is a value to these opportunities by way of relationship building and additional practice.  Students can expect an email from Enriching Students on Monday morning, which will enable them to log in to their accounts. Going forward students will log in to this account to access their schedule for X block once they have signed up during their homerooms. 

Cameras:

Beginning Monday November 2, we are going to be taking a slightly different approach to our ‘cameras on’ policy at BHS. Many parents and teachers have expressed concern over the number of students who are not using their cameras, and the impact that this is having on class culture while we are in remote. We invite students to self-advocate (by emailing their teachers) if there are reasons why they would prefer to keep their cameras off. We also recognize that 80 minutes is a long time to be on camera and we have asked teachers to identify natural places in the class session for students to take a camera break. We will continue to seek feedback on this policy and revise as necessary. We hope that the change we are making starting November 2 will benefit students by encouraging participation and engagement and solidifying class communities. 

Upcoming Events/Save the Dates: 

Event

Date/Time

Senior Portraits (By Appointment)

November 1 from 11 am-2 pm

November 4 from 1 pm-3 pm

November 7 from 10 am-1 pm

BHS Remote Parent/Teacher Conferences - Specific details to follow

December 2 (afternoon)

December 9 (afternoon)

December 16 (evening)

 

Best,

Isaac Taylor he/him
Principal

NOTICES:

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:

November 1 from 11 am to 2 pm

November 4 from 1 pm to 3 pm

November 7 from 10 am to 1 pm

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. 

UNICEF Fundraiser!

The BHS UNICEF Club is proud to be hosting a virtual Halloween costume contest fundraiser called Dress-Up for UNICEF! This town-wide contest is open to ALL AGES and winners will be chosen by Belmont High School’s very own teachers. There will be prizes!!

We encourage everyone to submit their costumes (group costumes and pet costumes are allowed), or at least spread the word about the contest to friends & family! The contest is FREE with an optional donation fee. Here is the link to enter the contest and learn more about it: http://bit.ly/dressupforunicef.

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  

Note from nurses

Each day you should be screening your student using the BPS student symptom checker (found here https://drive.google.com/file/d/15eLDsp2QEibviFgKF-KN2o32z2SV_WeO/view). 

Below please find The BHS Weekly Athletic Schedule 10.23 thru 10.31

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 27

3:30 PM Varsity Golf Reading Memorial High School Away

Wednesday, October 28

3:00 PM Varsity Golf Reading Memorial High School Home

Saturday, October 31

9:00 AM Girls Varsity Soccer Reading Memorial High School Home

9:00 AM Girls Freshman Soccer Reading Memorial High School Home

10:00 AM Boys Varsity Soccer Reading Memorial High School Away

10:00 AM Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Reading Memorial High School Away

11:30 AM Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Reading Memorial High School Home

12:00 PM Boys Freshman Soccer Reading Memorial High School Away

1:30 PM Girls Varsity Field Hockey Reading Memorial High School Home

3:00 PM Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Reading Memorial High School Home

4:15 PM Girls Freshman Field Hockey Reading Memorial High School Home

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.  

Date  Time  College 

10/27/2020 1:00pm  University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

10/27/2020 1:30pm  University of Richmond

10/27/2020 2:00pm  Lehigh University

10/28/2020 12:30pm University of Toronto

10/28/2020 12:00pm University of Rhode Island

10/28/2020 1:00pm  University of Massachusetts-Lowell

10/28/2020 1:30pm  Assumption College

10/30/2020 11:30am Berklee College of Music

10/30/2020 12:30pm Johnson & Wales University, Providence

10/30/2020 12:00pm Drexel University

Upcoming College Virtual Fairs are below:

COALITION VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS 

November 4-5 from 7pm - 10pm

AP Registration Information:

College Board is requiring that all exams be ordered by November 13th, 2020. In order to have an exam ordered for your student, please ensure that they have added any AP Class to their College Board website by completing the following steps:

  • Create a College Board account at https://myap.collegeboard.org/login
  • Retrieve a join code from your AP Teacher (this step should be complete unless a student was absent). 
  • Use your join code to add your AP Class.

If you have a student that is not enrolled in an AP class, but would like to take an AP exam, they need to reach out to me, Ms. King, by email: bking@belmont.k12.ma.us, WELL IN ADVANCE OF November 13th.

Because of everything that encompasses the year 2020, we are collecting payment after November. More information about that will be shared when it is available.

College Board has eliminated all fees for cancelled AP exams. Therefore, if you are considering taking an AP exam, please take the above steps to join the class through College Board. If you do not pay during the fee collection period, we will assume you have decided not to test, and your exam will be cancelled.

Military Consent Form - Grades 11 & 12

Guidance is required to submit a list of Grade 11 & Grade 12 students to the military in early November. Parents of Grades 11 and 12 need to specify their consent/non-consent on the military access form. This form needs to be filled out no later than October 30, 2020.

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

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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