BHS- From the Principal's Desk - Week of October 4th, 2021

Dear Belmont Families,

I hope that you had a good week. Happy fall! We now have additional bike racks on site for students. A reminder that the student activities fair is coming up next Tuesday October 5 beginning at 7:30 am - this is a great opportunity for students to explore all the offerings at BHS!

The school improvement council will begin meeting in November. The group will consist of parents, students, teachers and a community member. The goal of this group is to create a school improvement plan for the 2022-2023 school year. This year, we will need to align our plan with the NEASC framework, in preparation for our ten year accreditation visit. The group will meet on the second Monday of every month at 3:00pm for an hour. If you are interested in joining, please complete this form by next Friday Oct 8. Depending on interest, we may need to hold an election for the parent positions.

Isaac Taylor he/him
Principal

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

BHS PTSO - We are in the process of organizing our 2021-22 calendar of events.  At this time, we are in need of officers at ALL LEVELS including Co-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, and other officers.  Please contact us at belmonthighptso@gmail.com — IF WE DON”T FILL THESE POSITIONS, the BHS PTSO will not be able to provide support for the many activities we voluntarily run and fund like stress relief, teacher appreciation week, senior class events, teacher grants, popular parent seminars or coffees with the principal.  We need YOU!

Volunteer with Special Olympics Young Athletes in Belmont!

Young Athletes is an early childhood play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities, ages 2 to 7 years old, which introduces basic sport skills and provides opportunities for all children to advance in core developmental milestones (more information here: https://www.specialolympics.org/our-work/inclusive-health/young-athletes). Volunteers will help set up/run simple sports activities and interact with the kids. The sessions will be on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 pm for 6 weeks, beginning on October 7th, at the Beech Street Center in Belmont. Fill out this form to sign up! Contact Grace Murphy (gmurphy23@belmontschools.net) with any questions.

Belmont Wellness Coalition: 

Please see the flyer here with information about an upcoming event with the Belmont Wellness Coalition. 

Are you looking for ways to express your insights and ideas related to mental health awareness, substance use prevention, and strategies for coping with stress?  The Belmont Wellness Coalition (BWC) (a group of parents, town/school leaders, and students) invites you to join its Student Ambassador group!  Its focus is on finding ways to support YOU.

  • If you are interested in sharing your perspectives and working on activities related to mental health awareness and substance use prevention, please email Sophia at Sophia_Suarez-Friedman@WaysideYouth.org.
  • Requirements for being a Student Ambassador include a once per month meeting and helping out at least 2 additional hours per semester on whatever project the Student Ambassadors choose to focus on. Your involvement with the BWC will count towards community service.

Clubs and Activities Fair: 

The Activities Fair will take place on Tuesday, October 5th from 7:35am - 8:27am. The fair will take place in the cafeteria and main lobby of the school. All clubs will have a representative present to share information about their club with interested students. Students wishing to attend the fair can walk through anytime between 7:25 and 8:27 - we encourage students new to the clubs at our school to come towards the start so they have plenty of time to walk around and hear about all of the clubs offered! A final list of clubs and a short blurb about each one will be sent out this weekend. 

Guidance Information:

October 16 PSAT for Juniors and Seniors:  Registration is now open for Grade 10/11 students to take the PSAT offered here at BHS on Saturday, October 16th, 8:00AM start time.  The test is two hours and 45 minutes, add breaks and preadministration instructions; it will be about three and a half hours. Registration is from today, Friday, 9/24, through Monday night, October 4th, 2021. The cost of the test is $35.00 and must be paid on-line through our MCC program. Only juniors will be allotted fee waivers.  If you qualify, please do not sign up; but email Ms. Sceppa. Masks will be required for testing. More specific details will follow the week before the test on what to bring, when and where . Go to the following link: https://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bps/Home/Fees.  Go to  Make a Payment; click on the link and follow instructions.If you are a junior and need a fee waiver, contact Carole Sceppa at csceppa@belmont.k12.ma.us and she will help you register.  If for any reason you are unable to register, please email Carole Sceppa.

Virtual College Visits: College visits will continue to be virtual this year.  All juniors and seniors can sign up to attend these visits through their naviance account.  Students can go on to their naviance accounts for the virtual links. 

Date

Time

College

9/27/2021

8:00am

Bucknell University

9/27/2021

9:00am

Suffolk University

9/27/2021

10:00am

Simmons University

9/27/2021

12:00pm

University of Connecticut

9/28/2021

9:00am

Iona College

9/28/2021

10:00am

Colgate University

9/28/2021

11:00am

Saint Mary's College

9/28/2021

11:30am

St Olaf College

9/29/2021

12:00pm

Johns Hopkins University

9/29/2021

1:30pm

College of the Holy Cross

9/29/2021

2:00pm

Boston University

9/29/2021

2:30pm

Clark University

9/30/2021

8:30am

Reed College

9/30/2021

9:30am

Rochester Institute of Technology

9/30/2021

10:00am

University of Rochester

9/30/2021

2:00pm

Dickinson College

10/1/2021

8:00am

University of Louisville

10/1/2021

10:00am

Johnson & Wales University-Providence

10/1/2021

12:00pm

Colorado College

10/1/2021

2:00pm

Springfield College

Nursing updates:

  • Families, we need your help! With the cold and flu season upon us (yes, already!), we are seeing an increase in students experiencing cold-like symptoms. Because cold and flu symptoms are often very similar to COVID-19 symptoms, we all must continue to look at the Daily Symptom Checker each day before school. This is vitally important to help stop the spread of COVID-19 as well as typical cold and flu illnesses in our community.
    • Please help your student answer the following questions before coming to school each day. If they answer yes, you must keep your student home and complete the Absence Follow Up Form to notify the nurses. This applies to all staff and students, regardless of COVID vaccination status.
      • Have you had any of the following symptoms within the last 24 hours? Fever greater than 100°F, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, muscle or body aches, cough. 
      • Have you had any two or more of the following symptoms within the past 24 hours? Sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fatigue, nasal congestion. 
    • In order to be cleared, your student will need either a negative PCR COVID-19 test result or a provider note with an alternative diagnosis.
  • All students, staff, and visitors must continue to wear masks (covering the nose and mouth) while indoors. This applies to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.
  • We are partnering with CIC to do Safety Checks (formerly pooled testing) and the Test and Stay program. Complete the Consent Form now to have your student participate. Email all questions to bpscovidtest@belmont.k12.ma.us 
  • All nursing updates and links to forms can be found on the BPS Nursing Health & Safety website.
  • Reach out with any questions or concerns cjackman@belmont.k12.ma.us bbaras@belmont.k12.ma.us 

Attendance

Student absences and dismissals must be reported before the absence occurs. Notes can be sent to the office in advance of a known absence. If a student is sick, please call the absence line before the start of the school day: (617) 993-5999. If a student becomes ill at school, they should be dismissed from the nurse’s office (see nurses update). Questions about attendance can be directed to Joan Paras jparas@belmont.k12.ma.us.

9th and 10th grade students - If students have a free first of last period, parents can set up a standing early dismissal or late arrival with the office. Please reach out to Joan Paras (617) 993-5902 jparas@belmont.k12.ma.us.

Junior/Senior off-campus privileges

A reminder that juniors and seniors are the only students allowed off-campus privileges at BHS. Students in good standing are able to leave campus during a free period, with parent permission. It is the students’ responsibility to get back to school on-time for their next class. Parents of juniors and seniors must complete the off campus application form to approve off-campus privileges for their student. 

Senior Off-Campus Application Form

Junior Off-Campus Application Form

Reminders from past weeks!

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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