Belmont High School Social Studies students host a Hunger Banquet
Life isn’t fair—and neither is this. At an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet®, the place where you sit, and the meal that you eat, are determined by the luck of the draw—just as in real life some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty.
• Joseph Chen, Belmont High School, grade 10 student has qualified to participate in the United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad based on his performance on two previous Math exams. Only about 230 students nationwide are chosen to participate at this level. The USAJMO exam is a six question, two days, 9 hour essay/proof examination. Students performing well on the USAJMO are then invited to train and tryout for the US International Math Team. These exams are organized by the Mathematica Association of America. The exams are highly regarded across the country and internationally. Please extend your congratulations to Joseph and recognize our math team coach, Ben DeLorio for the time and support he provides to our mathletes.
Congratulations to Talin Tahajian for being selected for the 2014 National YoungArts Foundation Winner. Talin was recognized for her work in writing poetry. This distinguished accomplishment brings well deserved recognition to everyone at Belmont High School.
The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) recognized and supports America’s most talented 15-18 year olds in the visual, literary and performing arts. This year, YoungArts named 687 Winners from 45 states, selected from a pool of more than 10,000 applications nationwide. The Winners were chosen through a multi-tiered, blind adjudication process and evaluated by celebrated masters in their artistic fields.
As a YoungArts Winner, Talin joins the ranks of more than 16,000 YoungArts alumni, including such notables as actresses Vanessa Williams and Kerry Washington, four-time Tony Award nominee Raul Esparza, Executive Director of American Ballet Theatre Rachel More, recording artists Nicki Minaj and Chris Young, violinist Jennifer Koh, choreographer Desmond Richards, and internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Dough Aitken.
Friday, April 18th is a half-day of school. Below is the schedule for the day.
|Friday, April 18th
Dear Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2014,
Welcome to the fourth quarter of your child’s Senior Year! I’m sure that you and your child are excited about their “Senior Spring” and all of the activities that we have planned to celebrate their graduation. While we certainly want our students to enjoy this time to revel in their accomplishments, we also want them to do so in a manner that is responsible and safe. Unfortunately, news stories at this time of year are far too often filled with stories of teenagers making choices that have disastrous consequences.
In order to reinforce the message about safe behavior at this time of year and to give you the full schedule of events for the spring, we will have a meeting for members of the Class of 2014 and their parents/guardians on Wednesday evening, April 16th, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the BHS Auditorium. All members of the Class of 2014 who wish to purchase a ticket for the Prom, the Senior Cruise, and the All-Night Party must attend the meeting with a parent/guardian. The bulk of the evening’s agenda will be a presentation by Cara Filler, who speaks to young people and their parents/guardians across the US about the importance of making responsible decisions. With the generous support of our PTO, we have been able to have Cara speak to our students for the past five years. Her message to students about the dangers of peer pressure, risk-taking and traffic safety has been so successful that we have asked Cara to return to BHS for this evening meeting. To read more about Cara, you can visit her website at www.carafiller.com.
This evening will afford everyone the opportunity to come together and communicate to our students just how important the message of making good decisions is.
On Wednesday, April 16, 2014 BHS will host Cara Filler for a pre-prom/pre-graduation talk.
The talk is mandatory for all seniors and their parents and will take place at 7pm in the BHS Auditorium.
Mark your calendars!
Belmont High School was rated #10 for College Readiness in the state. congratulations to the community,faculty, and staff!
Congratulations to Lewis Silletto and James Stadler for being selected as National Merit Scholarship winners. Each will receive a scholarship in the sum of $2,500.
Now that winter is behind us and spring is on our door step, many families may be looking to arrange their summer plans. When organizing the family calendar, please take in consideration that the scheduled last day of school is June 23th. Students are expected to remain in school until this date. Please schedule your summer plans around this time.
In late April/May the school committee will vote on the official last day of school. This date will be posted on the district website.
Thank you for your consideration.
Belmont Public Schools Calendar 2013-2014
By Giulianna Ruiz-Shah (BHS Class of 2016)
85. This was the number of women and children in need that Working to Help the Homeless Club (WWTH) was able to feed on Sunday, March 16th. Eighty-five women and children who are not able to provide for themselves. They come to Rosie’s Place, which is a wonderful organization that provides both homeless and low income women with lunch and dinner daily, and other services as well.
We spent the day mostly working in the kitchen to cook a chicken parmesan and brownie sundae meal for the women. There was a lot of preparing and organizing, too, before the women showed up. However, it was when the women showed up for appetizers that everything began to seem real. Before, we were just working, but when they showed up, it was as if there was more to this whole experience than just cooking. We were excited to be providing for these women. The cooking was completely different from any most of us had ever done because of the large quantity we were making. Making the salad was probably the most fun to do other because we got to toss this huge salad with our hands (with gloves, of course). We worked alongside regular volunteers and staff there, and it was neat because they taught us different things about Rosie’s and how to interact with the women.
But, it was when we began preparing the plates with food that we became more aware of how many women were actually there. As we passed the plates down the assembly line, there was this great feeling of doing something beneficial for others. And that’s what we were there for.
It was an even greater feeling when some women approached us to thank us or when they came to have conversations with us when we were cleaning up. At one point, we started talking about prom as we put up the chairs and took away the flowers from the tables. Then, as one guest came to thank us, she began to tell us about when she was in high school and how her brother had asked a girl to prom with a rose in his mouth. We all laughed and enjoying talking to her, but it was more than just a good conversation. It made us realize that these women really aren’t that different from us and that they once too had lives similar to ours. It made us question what had happened. It gave us a new perspective. Going to Rosie’s was definitely a life changing experience and we would all definitely go back.