From the Principal's Desk - Week of November 29, 2021

Dear BHS Families,

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our students and staff for making it through to Thanksgiving. It has been inspiring to see Belmont High School getting back to a more normal way of being. I appreciate all of the people who have made that happen this year, and who are committed to making our school an even better place to be and to learn.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Isaac Taylor he/him
Principal

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

News from the PTSO

Please join us for our next meeting on December 9 at 7pm! Belmont Wellness Coalition will be presenting the BHS Youth Survey results.

As Giving Tuesday approaches, please consider a contribution to support our students and teachers and staff at BHS by donating to the PTSO this year.  You can donate online or by mailing in a donation. Funds raised pay for programs such as teacher and staff appreciation, student clubs and emotional support events, invited speakers, and more. Your donations make a BIG impact on the entire BHS community!

5 Minutes Ago

Every week, the 5 Minutes Ago team puts out a short video with news, information, and a cultural snapshot of BHS. This videos created by this student run group, advised by Ms. Masterson, are shown during the school day on Monday. You can view these videos here.

Snow Shovelling for senior citizens 

To sign up to be a Snow shoveler for Senior citizens fill out this google form:

https://forms.gle/f34G8b4zg5GmWX7s7

Remember you do not need to shovel driveways!

From the Belmont Public Library: 

December 2, 6-8PM: Belmont Center Tree Lighting Ceremony. Pass out hot chocolate and candy canes during Santa's visit. Contact Hannah Lee, YA Librarian, at hlee@minlib.net to sign up.

Continuing projects at Belmont Library. Contact Hannah Lee at hlee@minlib.net for more details:

  • -Transcribing the Belmont Story Project: transcribe the real life stories and reflections of Belmont residents on major points in history for our archives. View audio collection here: https://library.biblioboard.com/anthology/f07c6d9f-00d5-43df-9f5e-68f54f3efbcc
  • -The YA Lit Diversity Audit: read YA books in the library to determine each one’s range of diversity to create a comprehensive listing for all local libraries. Available in-person and online.
  • -The Origami Project: Fold well-wishes into origami for the Children's Department to share with local families.

From The Department of Recreation

the Belmont Recreation Department is seeking volunteers for their S.P.O.R.T Program. Contact Heidi Barberio at 617-993-2760 or email hbarberio@belmont-ma.gov for registration details.

Belmont/Watertown S.P.O.R.T. (Special Programs Organized for Recreation Time)

  • Floor Hockey (Special Olympic Based) Wednesday nights at Winn Brook School 6:30pm to 7:30pm, now until March 2nd.
  • Basketball (Special Olympic Based) on Monday evenings varied locations local schools starting November 29th.
  • Mini-Camp (arts and craft, social program): Saturdays 10:30am-12noon at the Beech St Center, from December 4th to January 29th
  • Ice Skating: Sunday afternoons 2pm and 3pm at the Belmont Rink, now until December 19th. Second session 2pm and3pm is January 19th to February 13th

 The Benton Library 

If you are interested in volunteering for the Benton Library, feel free to contact brroksfb@gmail.com to sign up.

Please visit our website at EC Benton Library and feel free to contact me at brooksfb@gmail.com for more information. Thank you for your time.

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:

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 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.

 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

11/29/2021

9:00am

Louisiana State University

Reminders from past weeks!

Nursing updates:

Five years I spent in Belmont watching your kids grow. And the thought of leaving almost gives me vertigo. Belmont is unique and filled up to the brim of kind families who made me feel like kin. Your children are amazing and I truly care for each one, I’ve learned from their goodness and also had fun. Goodbye and thank you, I will miss you all dearly. Here is one last “take care” from Nurse Jackman, Sincerely.

  • 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 bpscovidtest@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

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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