Observance of Rosh Hashanah Holiday

9/18/2014

Dear Faculty/Staff/Parents/Guardians/Students:

I hope everyone has had a successful start to the year.

As we begin 2014-2015 school year, I would like to remind everyone of the upcoming Jewish holidays.

In 2014, the Rosh Hashanah holiday observance begins at sundown on the evening of Wednesday, 9/24, continues through Thursday, 9/25, and ends Friday, 9/26. It is important to note that observances during the day typically include synagogue services followed by family gatherings. Virtually all Jewish students and staff members will begin observing on Wednesday evening and will be absent on Thursday, the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Some will be absent in observance of the second, Friday, as well. For student absences to be excused, students should submit a parent note to the main office by the holiday on Wednesday, 9/24.

Therefore, scheduling of school tests and quizzes should be avoided for Thursday and Friday and no homework should be due on those days. Students should be given ample opportunity to make up work they have missed during their absence(s) for religious observances. It is fine to give students assignments over the weekend due on Monday, 9/29.

I would like to thank everyone in advance for being sensitive and accommodating to our families during these holy days.

Sincerely,

Mr. Richards, Principal

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BHS Athletic Events for The Week of 9/22 – 9/27

SCHEDULE

9/22/2014 to 9/27/2014

Belmont HS & Chenery Middle School

 

Monday, September 22

3:45PM Boys Varsity Soccer Woburn High School Away

3:45PM Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Woburn High School Away

4:00PM Girls Varsity Volleyball Arlington High School Home

4:15PM Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Woburn High School Home

5:30PM Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball Arlington High School Home

5:30PM Girls Freshman Volleyball Arlington High School Home

6:00PM Girls Varsity Soccer Woburn High School Home

 

Tuesday, September 23

3:30PM Boys Varsity Cross Country Reading High School Away

3:30PM Boys Varsity Golf Melrose High School Home

3:30PM Girls Varsity Cross Country Reading High School Away

3:30PM Girls Varsity Field Hockey Woburn High School Away

3:45PM Boys Freshman Soccer Woburn High School Away

3:45PM Girls Freshman Soccer Woburn High School Home

4:00PM Girls Freshman Field Hockey Woburn High School Home

4:45PM Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Woburn High School Away

 

Wednesday, September 24

3:30PM Boys Freshman Football Lexington High School Away

3:30PM Coed Chenery Middle Cross Country Watertown MS Away

3:45PM Boys Varsity Soccer Lexington High School Away

3:45PM Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Lexington High School Away

3:45PM Girls Varsity Soccer Lexington High School Home

3:45PM Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Lexington High School Home

4:00PM Girls Varsity Swimming Stoneham High School Home

4:00PM Girls Varsity Volleyball Woburn High School Away

5:30PM Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball Woburn High School Away

5:30PM Girls Freshman Volleyball Woburn High School Away

 

Thursday, September 25

No events scheduled

 

Friday, September 26

No events scheduled

 

Saturday, September 27

10:00AM Boys Varsity Soccer Somerville High School Home

10:00AM Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Somerville High School Home

11:00AM Girls Varsity Field Hockey Lexington High School Away

12:30PM Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Lexington High School Away

1:30PM Boys Varsity Football Lexington High School Away

1:30PM V JV Cheerleading Lexington High School Away

 

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Governor Patrick Declares October as Principals Month in Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2014
Contact: Art Dulong, 508-541-7997

Governor Patrick Declares October Principals Month
Proclamation is delivered to Massachusetts Principals at MSSAA Convocation

FRANKLIN – Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – Senator Will Brownsberger of Belmont attended the annual fall convocation of the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association (MSSAA) on Tuesday, September 16 to present Governor Deval Patrick’s proclamation declaring October to be Principals Month in Massachusetts. The announcement coincides with the designation of October 2014 as National Principals Month by a U.S. House of Representatives resolution. The month-long celebration is an opportunity for schools to recognize that high-quality, visionary principal leadership is essential to school success, and to hold activities to engage students, staff, parents and the community in honoring their principals. The presentation was made at the MSSAA offices in Franklin with MSSAA President Dana Brown, Principal of Malden High School, MSSAA Executive Director Bill Gaine, and numerous school administrators in attendance.

Dan Richards, the principal of Belmont High School, had the idea to bring Principals Month to Massachusetts and reached out to Senator Brownsberger to request the proclamation by Governor Patrick. “On behalf of all principals, I am thankful to the Governor for joining other states in this national effort to highlight the work of principals,” said Dan Richards. “Belmont is fortunate to have Senator Brownsberger representing our school community. He is a strong, responsive advocate for education, and his efforts made this proclamation possible.” Richards serves on the legislative committee of the MSSAA working on all matters pertaining to legislation that affects education. In June of this year, Richards travelled to Washington D.C. and met with Senator Ed Markey, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Congresswoman Katherine Clark to discuss education priorities.

“In issuing this proclamation, Governor Patrick has once again recognized the importance of our educators,” said Senator Brownsberger. “I find it valuable to know the principals in my district. I learn a lot by visiting them, listening to their needs, and understanding the challenges they face.”
The annual convocation of the MSSAA is an opportunity for the association president to set forth a vision for the school year and to provide an area of focus for principals across the state. In his address to the convocation, Dana Brown established the social and emotional needs of school children as a priority for the year. “As principals, we set the tone of the school environment,” said Brown. “We should be mindful of the social and emotional needs of our students and work as partners with teachers, families and the community to create an atmosphere for student success.”
“I am pleased to learn that the social and emotional needs of our children will be high on the agenda for our principals,” said Laurie Slap, Chair of the Belmont School Committee. “Learning and academic achievement need to address the whole child. We recognize that the strong leadership of each school principal is vital to helping our classroom teachers meet the needs of our students.”

The leadership and vision of principals throughout the Commonwealth has greatly enhanced every effort to provide the best possible educational experience for all students. By setting the academic tone for their building and working cooperatively with teachers to develop and set performance goals and objectives, principals have helped Massachusetts schools become competitive with schools throughout the world and the model for the nation.

Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester noted in his back-to-school message that, “Massachusetts has the lowest annual dropout rate it has seen in more than three decades, and the four-year graduation rate is the highest it has been since the state began calculating it in 2006. Massachusetts fourth-and eighth-graders are first in the nation in reading and math, and our 15-year-olds rank near the top internationally. Since 1993, we have been on a decades-long trajectory of raising expectations for all students, of ensuring teachers are well-prepared, and of introducing new school models to give families and educators more options.”​

The National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Elementary School Principals endorsed the efforts of U.S. Representative Susan Davis of San Diego to establish October 2014 as National Principals Month. Governor Patrick’s proclamation will encourage students, parents, teachers, and entire communities in Massachusetts to foster local events that celebrate and recognize the achievements of the district’s school principals.

Schools and parents can find ideas for celebrating Principals Month at PrincipalsMonth.org. Students will find an invitation to submit a video celebrating their principal and have a chance to win a prize.

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BHS Sports Schedule Week of 9/15 – 9/20

ATHLETIC SCHEDULE
All Events
9/15/2014 to 9/20/2014
Belmont HS & Chenery MS

Monday, September 15
3:45PM Boys Varsity Soccer Reading High School Away
3:45PM Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Reading High School Away

Tuesday, September 16
3:30PM Boys Varsity Golf Reading High School Away
3:45PM Boys Varsity Cross Country Watertown High School Away
3:45PM Girls Varsity Cross Country Watertown High School Away
4:00PM Girls Varsity Volleyball Stoneham High School Home
4:30PM Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Reading High School Home
5:30PM Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball Stoneham High School Home
5:30PM Girls Freshman Volleyball Stoneham High School Home
6:00PM Girls Varsity Soccer Reading High School Home

Wednesday, September 17
3:30PM Girls Varsity Field Hockey Reading High School Away
3:45PM Boys Freshman Soccer Reading High School Away
3:45PM Girls Freshman Soccer Reading High School Home
4:00PM Girls Varsity Swimming Melrose High School Home
4:45PM Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Reading High School Away

Thursday, September 18
3:30PM Boys Freshman Football Bedford High School Home
3:30PM Coed Chenery Middle Cross Country Diamond MS Lexington Away
3:45PM Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Arlington High School Home
3:45PM Girls Varsity Soccer Arlington High School Away
3:45PM Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Arlington High School Away
6:00PM Boys Varsity Soccer Arlington High School Home

Friday, September 19
3:30PM Boys Varsity Golf Burlington High School Away
3:45PM Boys Freshman Soccer Arlington High School Home
3:45PM Girls Freshman Soccer Arlington High School Away
4:00PM Girls Varsity Swimming Woburn High School Home
4:00PM Girls Varsity Volleyball Reading High School Away
4:00PM Girls Freshman Field Hockey Arlington High School Away
4:30PM Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Arlington High School Home
5:30PM Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball Reading High School Away
5:30PM Girls Freshman Volleyball Reading High School Away
6:00PM Girls Varsity Field Hockey Arlington High School Home
6:30PM Boys Varsity Football Bedford High School Away
6:30PM V JV Cheerleading Bedford High School Away

Saturday, September 20
9:00AM Boys Junior Varsity Football Bedford High School Home
12:00PM Girls Varsity Soccer Medford High School Home
12:00PM Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Medford High School Home

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BHS Semifinalists Named in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

National Merit, 2014

* Alexandra Dionne

* Key Duckworth

* David Gibson

* Clare Lai

* Eunice Lee

* Sarita Shera

* Catherine Tang

* Samantha Xu

* Thomas Zembowicz

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Belmont High School Principal’s Book Club

Introducing the first Belmont High School Principal’s Book Club. Don’t miss this opportunity to become part of a unique book club including students, parents, teachers, and community members as we seek to discover the purpose and meaning of providing students the tool-kit to find fulfillment in their academic and personal pursuits.

 How do we fall in love with learning again?

Daniel Wong has 5 steps to Academic Fulfillment and Success in his book The Happy Student.

4 meeting dates: 10/7, 11/13, 12/11, and 1/13, from 6:30-7:30pm in the BHS Library

happy student book

Point person: English teacher, Lisa Hurtubise

Email: lhurtubise@belmontschools.net

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9/11 Observed at BHS

“On September 11, 2001, an unthinkable terrorist attack occurred against the United States. Whether you were directly impacted by the events or too young to remember, that day will live forever in our minds. It was a time in our nation’s history we will never forget, nor should we.

At this time I would like to take a moment of silence to remember the victims and families directly impacted. Please join me in this moment of silence.”

(Moment of silence observed)

“Thank you. During this day, please take a moment to reflect and appreciate your own families and friends and how important they are in your lives.

Thank you again for your patience on this day of remembrance.”

- Principal Richards

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New – Belmont High School Speaker Series

BHS Speaker Series 2014-2015

Freshman – Ryan’s Story with John Halligan

http://www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org/

Thursday 9/18 – 6:30pm – evening presentation for parents

Friday 9/19 – 8:10am – morning presentation for students

John Halligan’s son, Ryan, died by suicide on October 7, 2003 after a life of being bullied by classmates at school and online.  He was only 13 years old. Halligan’s presentation covers the lessons learned too late for his family regarding how to deal with bullying, cyberbullying, and teen depression.

Sophomore – Unguarded with Chris Herren

http://www.theherrenproject.org/

Thursday 1/8 – 9am – morning presentation for students

Speaking about experiences that have impacted his life as a teenager, athlete and speaker, Chris will touch on such topics as drunk driving, smoking pot, peer pressure, bullying and cutting. Additionally Chris will share statistics of drug and alcohol use amongst teens nationwide

Junior – Making your Mark with Ed Gerety

http://edgerety.com/

Tuesday 11/4 – 9am –  morning presentation for students and workshop for student leadership group

The areas of focus that Ed covers in his assembly program “Making Your Mark” are as follows:

  • The power of respect and responsibility
  • The impact and consequences of our choices and decisions
  • The issues of bullying, peer pressure, drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Appreciation for our abilities and the people in our life
  • The courage to believe in oneself
  • The power we have to reach out and make a difference

Senior – The Drive to Save Lives with Cara Filler

http://carafiller.com/

Wednesday 3/25 – 6pm – evening presentation for students and parents

Attendance is required in order for students to participate in senior activities

Throughout this eye-opening presentation on traffic safety and risk taking, Cara inspires students to stand up for themselves and their friends, have a good time safely and make better life-changing decisions. With entertaining and powerful messages, Cara encourages students to step up and realize they own the Power of Choice.

Life is a journey, and Cara gives students a road map to navigate through it’s speed bumps and roadblocks. Students learn how to create their own GPS (Game Plan for Success!), develop an unstoppable drive forward and the secrets of getting in the express lane to success.

Thank you to all of our partners!

* Belmont Savings Bank

* Champion Sporting Goods

*Belmont High School PTO

*Feet Wise Athletic Wear

*Orthodontics of Cambridge

(Contact Principal Richards if you wish to contibute to the Belmont High School Speaker Series)

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BHS Cafeteria Menu Goes Local

Michael Cole of BHS enjoys our first installment of “EAT LOCAL” with TOMATOES sourced from Belmont Acres. Big thanks to Mike Chase of Belmont Acres for this ongoing initiative. Look for locally grown produce in the coming months on the BHS menu.

Michael Cole eats LOCAL!

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BHS Back-to-School Schedule

Back-to-School Night

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 

6:00 – 6:30 Parents Arrive (student schedules will be in the cafeteria)

6:30 – 6:42             B1 (yellow class)

6:46 – 6:58             D1 (light blue class)

7:02 – 7:14             G1 (pink class)

7:18 – 7:30             J1 (dark blue class)

7:34 – 7:46             L1 (orange class)

7:50 – 8:02             N1 (purple class)

8:06 – 8:18             G3 (green class)

 

** Remember to arrive early.

** During unassigned mods, parents can feel free to tour the school, or wait in the library or cafeteria.

** Please remember that the purpose of the evening is for each teacher to introduce his or her course and to go over course expectations.

** Parent/Teacher conferences in October and November are for speaking with teachers about individual students. Of course, you may always email or call your student’s teachers at any time.

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