From the Principal's Desk - Week of November 15, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Delayed Start on Thursday 11/18: 

We will have a delayed start on Thursday, 11/18. School will begin at 10:20am and dismiss at the normal 2:25pm. Please see the schedule of classes below. Students, please note: you will go to your normally scheduled Thursday lunch in Orange class. 

10:20 - 10:58

 

Yellow

11:02 - 11:40

 

Pink

11:43 - 12:07

J

Orange/Lunch

12:10 - 12:35

K

Orange/Lunch

12:38 - 1:02

L

Orange/Lunch

1:05 - 1:43

 

Green

1:47 - 2:25

 

Purple 

 

THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS - November 18, 19 & 20, 2021

The Belmont High School Performing Arts Company presents our Fall play The Servant of Two Masters!

Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $7.00 for children and $5.00 for BHS students/staff. Tickets can be purchased online, and advance ticket purchase is recommended. Performances are Thursday, Nov 18th, Friday, Nov 19th and Saturday, Nov 20th at 7:00pm, with a special 2:40pm performance on Friday just for BHS students/staff. Details about the show and ticket sales at bhs-pac.org 

As we invite audiences back into our schools, here are some guidelines for those who plan to attend theater events this year:

  1. MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED for all audience members.
  2. Food/drinks will not be allowed in performance spaces.
  3. The size of our Black Box Theater means that there is not a guarantee of distancing for audience members. We encourage family units to sit together, but at sold out shows, you will be seated directly adjacent to others.
  4. Some students performing on stage for theater events will be unmasked. These students have been required by the Belmont School Committee to be vaccinated.
  5. Anyone experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 should not attend performances. You can reference the BPS Student Symptom Checker here.

Transgender Remeberance Events

Candlelit Vigils for Trans Lives:  

In Person on November 17 and 18, 2021 (Wed/Thurs) at 6:30pm on Belmont Town Green (adjacent to 404 Concord Ave).

November 17-20, Belmont is hosting a labyrinth on the town green commemorating people killed in transphobic violence. All are welcome to visit and move through the labyrinth to reflect on these beautiful lives. On November 17 and 18, join us for candlelit vigils to honor the dignity of these lives in silent reflection. Sponsored by Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance and Belmont Human Rights Commission. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance By Zoom:  November 20, 2021 from 7:00-8:15pm Register at https://tinyurl.com/45m6b2ac  

This event will include reflections by local transgender women and nonbinary people of color (those most impacted by transphobic violence), a reading of names, and opportunities to talk about allyship.

LexPride’s commemoration is cosponsored by Lexington Human Services, Lexington

Human Rights Committee, Arlington LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission, Belmont Human

Rights Commission, Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance, Cambridge LGBTQ+ Commission, and

Network for Social Justice. This event is supported by a grant from the Community Endowment of Lexington, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest.  LexPride will provide live captioning. More information at belmontlgbtqalliance@gmail.com or LexPrideMA@gmail.com  

Book Drive

The Relay for Life Club will be hosting a book drive at the high school from Monday, November 15th until Monday, November 22nd (11/15-11/22). The books we collect (any new and gently used books community members choose to donate), will be donated to the Massachusetts General Hospital (in early December) where they will benefit patients battling both cancer and other debilitating diseases. There will be a bin to put used books outside the office. We really appreciate any donations!

Ski and Snowboard Sale  “Time to get ready for winter!

On Saturday, November 20th from 10 am to 6 pm Belmont High School Ski Team is working with SkiHaus at 1 Wheeler Rd, Burlington for its annual ski and snowboard sale.  SkiHaus, our new equipment partner, is donating a percentage of sales on Saturday, November 20th for customers that let them know the Belmont Ski Team sent them.  In the past we were able to hold the event at the high school cafeteria and offer new and used equipment.  Due to construction and COVID we were unable to have our new and used equipment sale at the high school.  SkiHaus, our new equipment partner, is donating a percentage of sales on Saturday, November 20th for customers that let them know the Belmont Ski Team sent them. 

You will find great deals on new skis, snowboards and winter sports equipment.  Tell them the Belmont Ski Team sent you!”

BHS VEX Robotics Club

"The BHS VEX robotics club is looking for students who are interested in a low-pressure way to explore robotics by building a robot to enter into a fun, low-stakes competition this winter.

If you're interested, please stop by room C348 (the robotics lab) on Thursdays after school or contact one of the advisors, Ms. Weathers or Mr. Lafave."

BHS BANDS IN CONCERT

The entire community is invited to enjoy an evening of fun and music, great for families...Belmont High School Bands in Concert with Internationally Acclaimed Boston Brass: December 2 @ New BHS Auditorium

To celebrate the Belmont High School’s brand new auditorium, BHS bands will perform in concert with the internationally acclaimed Boston Brass on Thursday, December 2 at 7:00 pm. The community is invited to this fun and unique evening of music making. 

Founded originally in Boston 30 years ago and now recognized across the world for delivering a one-of-a-kind musical experience, the five-member Boston Brass treats audiences to a lively and unique combination of exciting classical arrangements, jazz standards and the best of original brass repertoire.

Tickets are $15 per person, visit https://pomsbelmont.booktix.com for information and to purchase tickets.

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 jmbrown@belmont.k12.ma.us. 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 jmbrown@belmont.k12.ma.us 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 jmbrown@belmont.k12.ma.us

 Juniors:

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: https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/626/  

 SAT practice

Date:  Saturday, December 18th, 2021

Time: 9:00AM-1:00PM EST

Where: Live Online!  

Register here: https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/626/  

 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: https://my.revolutionprep.com/s/newengland      

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 newengland@revolutionprep.com

Elizabeth Willard
Regional Events Coordinator, Revolution Prep
917.983.9069 | elizabeth.willard@revolutionprep.com | revolutionprep.com

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. 

Date

Time

College

11/15/2021

8:30am

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

11/15/2021

9:00am

University of Exeter

11/15/2021

11:00am

Gettysburg College

11/16/2021

9:30am

Hampshire College

11/17/2021

12:00pm

Trinity College Dublin

11/19/2021

8:30am

University of New Haven

Reminders from past weeks!

Nursing updates:

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

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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