From the Principal's Desk - Week of November 8, 2021

Students for Soldiers Club's Candy Drive Fundraiser:

Have Extra Halloween Candy?

Donate to the annual Students for Soldiers Halloween Candy Drive

This Halloween candy give-back program is put on by Operation Gratitude (learn more about it here:

  • Your extra Halloween candy can be dropped of at the Belmont location listed below, and the candy is then sent to Operation Gratitude
  • All donated candy is given to deployed troops, veterans, and first responders
  • Any individually wrapped, fun, and bite sized candy is accepted
  • NOT accepted are: powdered candy (Pixy Stix, Fun Dip, etc.), unwrapped, and homemade candy
  • There will be a box on the doorstep of the drop off location to put the candy in

Please have all candy dropped of by at the latest November 13th (the 15th is the mail in deadline)

Questions? email Grace Murphy at

Candy Drive Drop-off Address:  10 Kilburn Road, Belmont MA 02478

Belmontian Club Community Service Update:


The Climate action club is trying to find volunteers for a community service opportunity, identifying invasive species near the Belmont train tracks— the location of where the future Belmont Community path will be! If you are interested fill out this google form:

Ongoing opportunities:

Belmont Public Library:

  • Bilingual Storytime Helpers: Help the library begin a bilingual storytime once a month. Presentation skills and ability to engage with young children over a virtual setting. 
  • Mentor Match: Free academic mentoring program for grades 6-10. Available as a virtual and in-person activity.
  • Study Buddies: Free academic mentoring program for grades 1-6. Available as a virtual and in-person activity.
  • Teen Advisory Board: Expand library offerings for teens by providing input once a month in a virtual setting. 
  • Book Reviewer: Read and review early releases of YA titles for 2 hours per a review.
  • Holiday Knitting Project: Knit hats and scarves for those in need. Deadline: November 22. Request materials here: 
  • Drop-in Decoration Station: Cut out fall leaves and make paper pumpkins to decorate the YA Room. Use a QR code in the YA Room to log your time.
  • Write a Letter to a Veteran: Letter-writing stations will be up prior to November 11 for volunteers to write a letter and send it in.

For any and all questions related to community service at the library, please contact Hannah Lee, YA Services Librarian, at They will get back to you as soon as possible.

Elders in the community needing snow shoveling service:

The Council on Aging matches students living in a particular neighborhood with seniors who need snow shoveling of their walkways after a snow event. This community service opportunity involves being available to shovel about 12-24 hours after snow has stopped falling following a storm. Students are not expected to clear driveways and would use manual snow shovels only. Students are expected to respond to a call for service in a timely manner even if they are away or otherwise unable to do a particular job. Please call Marie Poore, COA volunteer coordinator, at 617-993-2979 if you are interested.

UNICEF Coin Drive:

The BHS UNICEF club is hosting a coin drive Change for Children to benefit underprivileged children all over the world. If you would also like to contribute, you can donate through the virtual campaign: or use the QR code below. These donations are invaluable in UNICEF’s goals to help children all around the world, so please consider participating!QR Code

ATTENTION LGBTQIA+ Student and Allies!

The Gender and Sexuality Alliance meets on Tuesdays after school in rooms 407 and 206. If you want to be on the club's google classroom and receive emails about meeting details and events, email the organizer at All are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Sneaker Recycling Club:

Got unused sneakers at home?  If you have any unneeded sneakers, we would really appreciate it if you would donate them to the Sneaker Recycling Club! We will put a bin by the entrance next to the office inside the school every Monday to put them in. Sneakers will be given to an organization called GotSneakers that recycles and reuses them for better purposes, which helps keep our landfills cleaner and makes the world a better place!

Guidance Information:

AP Signups:

If you are currently registered in an AP class, please make sure you have signed up with the class code that your teacher provided you with; if you are not planning on taking the exam-please talk with teacher and then email me ASAP at It is the class expectation you take the exam. I will officially be ordering all exams next Friday. Only students that have registered with the class codes will have exams ordered for them-please double check with your teacher if you are uncertain. After 11/15, there is a fee to cancel or order more tests. You will be charged a fee if you are on the roster and decide not to take the exam in May. All AP exams for 2022 cost 96.00; if you qualify for a fee waiver the cost is 53.00/exam. Payments for exam and instructions will be sent on 11/10-no need to pay now-just need to make sure you are registered

To students not enrolled in an AP class, but want to take the exam; please email me at your name, grade and what exams you would like to take. I will then create sections and send you the code to register. Most exams will be fine to take, AP Spanish is closed and at its maximum. Payments for exams and instructions will be sent on 11/10-no need to pay now-just need to make sure you are registered.

Please email Mr. Brown with any questions at


We are working hard to support our families this school year with additional resources. Our friends at Revolution Prep are offering a practice SAT and ACT to all families. Please see below…  

Practice SAT and ACT Exams

This is a great chance to get started on your testing plan, or if you have already started, it will provide additional practice. Taking practice tests under timed conditions is essential to being ready for the official test. A proctored practice exam will help your child build testing endurance and give a real-time snapshot of his or her testing performance. 

 ACT practice

Date: Saturday, November 13th, 2021

Time: 9:00AM-1:00PM EST

Where: Live Online!  

Register here:  

 SAT practice

Date:  Saturday, December 18th, 2021

Time: 9:00AM-1:00PM EST

Where: Live Online!  

Register here:  

 Materials will be emailed to students 24 hours before the exam. 

Every exam comes with a free 30-minute score report review with a Revolution Prep testing expert to assess specific strengths and areas of improvement. We highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity. Schedule your consultation to review the score report with a dedicated Revolution Prep team member, who will help you interpret the results and develop a customized plan to prepare for the official exam. You can pre-schedule this Score Report Review here:      

 Questions? If you have additional questions or want to learn more about Revolution Prep, you can reach out to a dedicated Revolution Prep team member at (800) 878-1850 or by email at

Elizabeth Willard

Regional Events Coordinator, Revolution Prep

917.983.9069 | |

Beyond Grades. Beyond Tests. Beyond Tutoring. Revolution Prep.

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. 






Bishop's University



Denison University



Saint Michael's College



Ursinus College

Reminders from past weeks!

Nursing updates:

  • Belmont is providing free PCR COVID testing for Belmont residents on Thursday 11/4 and Saturday 11/6! 
    • You must have an appointment to be tested. Proof of residency is required.
    • Register for a COVID-19 test: Registration Link
    • Thursday, November 4 from 4:00-7:00 PM 173 Bedford Street, Lexington (drive-through testing—remain in your car)
    • Saturday, November 6 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Chenery Middle School, 95 Washington St., Belmont (indoor testing)
    • Guide for setting up an account: Guide for Setting up an account
    • If you have any issues with registration or scheduling, please contact Project Beacon by email at, or call 617-741-7310, Mon.-Fri. from 8 AM – 4 PM.
  • Please continue to review the Daily Symptom Checker. If your student does not pass the checker, you must keep them home and complete the Absence Follow Up Form to notify the nurses. 
    • In order to be cleared to return, your student will need either a negative PCR test result or a provider note with an alternative diagnosis.
  • If your student is unvaccinated and identified as a close contact during school, they must have a Consent Form already on file to participate in Test and Stay. Email all testing-related questions to 
  • Reach out with any questions or concerns 


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

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

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.