BHS New Student Orientation, 9/1

Belmont High School Connectors

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Belmont High School

 New Student Orientation

for entering 9th graders and other new students

 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

5 pm to 7:15 pm

Belmont High School

221 Concord Avenue

 

People and Pizza

Meet upper class students and Guidance Counselors.

Tour Belmont High School.  Make Connections with BHS student Connectors.  A second event for transfer students will be held on Friday, September 2 at lunch time.

Sponsored by Belmont High School Connectors Program, Staff and PTO.                            

Cyeh200@gmail.com

 

BHS Quarter 4 High and Honor Roll

GRADE 12 Q4 HIGH HONOR ROLL:

Melanie Aftandilian
 Yara Akkeh
 Megan Alper
 Kyra Armstrong
 Allison Arsenault
 Jessica Blake-West
 Ian Bowe
 Olga Brevnova
 Hope Chang
 Joseph Chen
 Langston Chen
 Della Copes Finke
 Shannon Corrigan
 Benjamin Cunningham
 Kabita Das
 Antonio DiTommaso
 Sarah Donoyan
 Byuri Eom
 Sophia Fenn
 Meghan Ferraro
 Julia Fontana
 Connor Giallongo
 Emma Giallongo
 Kierstin Gurwell
 Sophia Guzikowski
 Julian Hansen
 Lowell Haska
 Eriko Hishiya
 Kiara Holm
 Christine Hraiz
 Lihang Huang
 Meredith Hughes
 Madison Jozefiak
 Abigail Judge
 Amanda Jung
 Ryan Keeth
 Andrew Kelley
 Cynthia Kelsey
 Samantha Kelts
 Risa Kim
 Sophia Klimasmith
 Michelle Kornberg
 Katelyn LaRussa
 Eric Lehman
 Emma Lester
 Yuzhe Li
 Sophia Lubarr
 Stephen Lucas
 Kerri Lynch
 Kate Macauley
 Katharine MacIsaac
 Anna Makar-Limanov
 Colleen McDonough
 Hannah Messenger
 Varak Mouradian
 Veronica Murray
 Renna Nikolaidis
 Dana O’Rourke
 Sarah Paolillo
 Emma Pierce-Hoffman
 Kirsten Poulos
 Faye Reagan
 Katrina Rizzuto
 Joshua Rodrigues
 Julia Samuelian
 Tyler Setterlund
 Alexia Stefanovich
 Sarah Stewart
 Jessica Strokowski
 Rebecca Tananbaum
 Sierra Tseng
 Carly Tymm
 Seth Warner
 Lixinyu Xu
 Jessica Zavaro

 

GRADE 11 Q4 HIGH HONOR ROLL:

Yilei Bai
 Alexandra Bailey
 Alexandra Beecroft
 Diana Benea
 Antranig Boynerian
 Eleanor Carlile
 Madeline Carlini
 Julia Cella
 Su Chen
 L De Azevedo Siqueria
 Francesco De Leo
 Sylvie Gallagher
 Molly Goldberg
 Fiona Grant
 Alexis Griffin
 Hisako Gutterman
 Michael Guyumdzhyan
 Aidan Hamell
 Sophia Haska
 Daniel Holt
 Joseph Hraiz
 Rachel Jansen
 Madeline Jenkins
 Benjamin Jones
 Emma Jones
 Daphne Kaxiras
 Charlotte Koch
 Ethan Lai
 Bo Lan
 Adelie Leabman
 Sarah Lessin
 Annie Li
 Daniel Li
 Judy Li
 Jeffrey Loh
 Alice Luo
 Zhili Luo
 Katharine Mabbott
 Fiona Martin
 Ally Meringer
 Fiona Milton
 Dervla Moore-Frederick
 Ciara Murphy
 Serena Murphy
 Sara Naumann
 Adina Ornstein
 Ann Pan
 Sophia Petrella
 Ana-Maria Poole
 James Robichaux
 Giulia Rufo
 Edward Searls
 Yinuo Shi
 Elisabeth Silletto
 Thomas Slap
 Eleanor Thidemann
 Kendra Valerius
 Yuxuan Wang
 Quincy Webb
 Sophia Windemuth
 Aaron Yao-Smith
 Karen Ying
 Eileen You
 Stephanie Zhang
 Xinyi Zhang
 Michael Zhou

 

GRADE 10 Q4 HIGH HONOR ROLL:

Naomi Arsenault
 Alexia Assimakopoulos
 David Belorian
 Jason Berger
 Marco Brizzolara
 Benjamin Brody
 Haley Brown
 Henry Brown
 Jennifer Call
 Camilla Carere
 Nina Cavanagh
 Eric Chao
 Albert Chen
 Jessica Chen
 Brandon Chicz
 Carly Christofori
 Bryan Collins
 Trevor Collins
 Dakarai Crowder
 Johnna Crowley
 Miriam Cubstead
 Julia Cunningham
 Micaela Curtin
 Anna Dalby
 Austin Deng
 Julia Dolan
 Emily-Claire Duffy
 Thor Elfarsson
 Nayun Eom
 Eliza Filler
 Aidan Fox
 Teresa Frick
 Mary Galstian
 Courtney Gray
 Caleb Harris
 Alice Hashemi
 Eva Hill
 Bryan Huang
 Rachel Iler-Keniston
 Shodai Inose
 Won Young Jang
 Kevin Ji
 Eliza Jones
 Andrew Karalis
 Olga Katayenko
 Edgar Kazarian
 Julia Kermond
 James Kitch
 Mizuki Kobayashi
 Olive Kozelian
 Anton Kutsman
 Wooseong Kwon
 Lauren LaFauci
 Rachel Laing
 Elizabeth Lazenby
 Seungil Lee
 Kate Lester
 Katherine Libenson
 Jason Lim
 Ryan Lim
 Fenghua Lin
 Ashley Liu
 Zhijia Liu
 Emily Logan
 Julia Logan
 John Lonergan
 Erin Looney
 Jackson Luce
 Taylor MacEwen
 Natalie Marcus-Bauer
 Kamila Mardanova
 Julia Martin
 Gabrielle Mazzoni
 Alyssa Merhy
 Brian Miller
 Christina Noonan
 Sofia Noorouzi
 Ryuichi Ohhata
 Elena Parsons
 Calvin Perkins
 Natalie Peterson
 James Pollock
 Greta Propp
 Jackson Pullman
 Connor Quinn
 Niklas Roberts
 Joshua Ryan
 Emma Sass
 Mohammad Sayeed
 Sofia Schlozman
 Luca Sivers
 Erika Sorenson
 Richard Sullivan
 Kostas Tingos
 Nanako Tokuo
 Sebastian Tolls
 Zachary Tseng
 Calvin Yang
 Yongzhe Yu
 Andy Zhang
 Jiajia Zhang
 Mirilla Zhu

GRADE 9 Q4 HIGH HONOR ROLL:

Eleanor Amer
 Nabil Amira
 Cameron Anderson
 Yasmine Aoua
 Zoe Armstrong
 Jessica Auerbach
 Rami Awad
 Gyeong Hoon Baeg
 Wi Bazakas-Chamberlain
 Elizabeth Biondo
 Alyssa Bodmer
 Megan Bodmer
 Arek Boynerian
 Sophie Butte
 Eamon Caffrey
 Laurel Carpenter
 Jackson Carter
 Olivia Cella
 Morgan Chase
 Renkang Chen
 Yo-Lei Chen
 Hannah Chinoporos
 Grace Christensen
 Olivia Colman
 Caroline Cooper
 Max Copes Finke
 Lauren Curtis
 Phoebe Derba
 Emily Dexter
 Samantha Dignan
 Marya Drinkard-Dennehy
 Seamus Dullaghan
 Kseniya Dzhala
 Ella Gagnon
 Lindsay Gaziano
 Chloe Gilligan
 Jessica Giorgio
 Joshua Grassia
 Anna Guo
 Molly Hamilton
 Gabrielle Hanley
 Nathalie Hansen
 Ruiqi Huang
 Jin Young Hwang
 Tae Min Jang
 Kevin Jen
 Tess Jenkins
 Jackie Jiang
 Mia Kaldenbaugh
 Benjamin Kargere
 Virginie Kargere
 Vassilios Kaxiras
 Alexandra Keefe
 Brandon Kim
 Isabelle Kim
 Hayley Koenigsberg
 Jessica La Roche
 Gabriella Landaeta
 Vivian Li
 Sofia Litchev
 Philip Lynch
 Jane Mahon
 Carla Maier
 Jacob Makar-Limanov
 Dinara Mardanova
 Bella Martin
 Clare Martin
 Evelyn Martin
 Grace Matheson
 Johanna Matulonis
 Caroline McLaughlin
 Dylan McLaughlin
 Aryan Mehrotra
 Matar Mendelson-Maoz
 Matthew Miller
 Abigail Mohr
 Viola Monovich
 Brittany Moran
 Callie Morris
 Jennifer Muson
 Luisa November
 Francis Pacini
 Alexander Park
 Audrey Quinn
 James Rhinelander
 Eliana Roberts
 Madelynn Rodriguez
 Omer Rona
 Andrea Russi
 Samuel Sagherian
 Kate Sandage
 Annalise Schlaug
 Rida Sharief
 Nitya Sharma
 Fran Soljacic
 Sambridhi Subedi
 Sofia Sukmanskaia
 Michelle Sung
 Megan Tan
 Harold Thidemann
 Mayura Thomas
 Chloe Tingos
 Maya Vernick
 Gabriella Viale
 Lindsay Vuong
 Joshua Wan
 Cassandra Wang
 Kejia Wang
 Alexander Wilk
 Madelyn Wills
 Naina Woker
 Matthew Wu
 Zhirui Xiong
 David Yan
 Saiyeon Yoon
 Ahmet Yuksel
 Lara Zeng
 Emily Zhang
 Isabelle Zheng
 Tiancheng Zheng

GRADE 12 Q4 HONOR ROLL:

Cailin Abouzeid
 Clark Addis
 Adeyemi Adetoye
 Adam Alper
 Lindsey Annus
 Edouard Arkinstall
 David Babikian
 Adelaida Balagyozyan
 Ariana Banijamali
 Abigail Baskerville
 Conor Bean
 Arman Belorian
 Kevin Bennett
 Ines Benyamina
 Caroline Burns
 Peihua Cai
 Erin Cantor
 Sofia Cellucci
 Zoe Chase
 Tony Chen
 Kar Hoe Chiu
 Thomas Choy
 Michael Cole
 Josephine Cooper
 Benjamin Covell
 Nichole Crowley
 Jocelyn Cubstead
 Victor Dankens
 Dhylan Desai
 Anupama Dinesh
 Doaa Eldessouki
 Lloyd Ellison
 Emerson Gagnon
 Grant Gilbert
 Kristina Giordano
 Andrew Giorgio
 Caroline Goulding
 Kevork Hamparian
 Sarah Henman
 Qianyin Hu
 Molly Hubbard
 Isabella Jaen Maisonet
 Lena Jiang
 Nicole Johnston
 Benton Jones
 Nicholas Jones
 Panagiota Karellas
 Madison Kelts
 Jessica Keniston
 Denise Khor
 Helena Kim
 Tokio Kobayashi
 Brett Koslowsky
 Allison Krauss
 Ha-Young Kwon
 Samrina Lamichhane
 Michael Lazar
 Elizabeth Levy
 Kevin Li
 Maggie Liu
 Chun Lok Lo
 Pui Chi Lo
 Richard Ma
 Margaret MacAulay
 Anastasia MacEwen
 Natalie MacKinnon-Booth
 Grace Maddox
 Shadi Mahjoum
 John Mahon
 Mark Manning
 Debra Mannix
 Ani Maroyan
 Eli Martin
 Enrique Massidda
 Katherine McCarthy
 Solvay Metelmann
 Boguslawjan Mika
 Vertis Mikell
 Thomas Moyles
 Lia Muckjian
 Serena Nally
 Renuka Nannapaneni
 Kyra Nelson
 Nicolas Neves
 Marina Nicoletti
 Sara Noorouzi
 Brian O’Neil
 Paulina Papadopoulos
 Junho Park
 Francesca Pellegrini
 Nina Pellegrini
 Luke Peterson
 Christopher Piccione
 Rahul Ramakrishnan
 Hannah Read
 Carlos Rendon
 Julia Rifkin
 Anthony Rodriguez
 Giulianna Ruiz-Shah
 Vaness Salazar-Pineros
 Ryan Sass
 Ritika Saxena
 Mary Sealey
 Catherine Seaver
 Krushali Shah
 Joseph Shaughnessy
 Anna Shuster
 Princy Sindurakar
 Caitlyn Sloane
 John Stewart
 Grant Stievater
 Peter Stoesser
 Jasmine Taha
 Adrian Tanner
 Suryanka Thapa
 Honney Thomas
 Isabella Thompson
 Momoko Tokuo
 Ashley Townsend
 Nicholas Trischitta
 Justin Wagner
 Raphael Wagner
 Zeyao Wang
 Samari Winklaar
 Aaliyah Yarde
 Ji Won Yoon
 Lynnea Young
 Melina Young
 Anya Zhang
 Kaiwen Zhang

GRADE 11 Q4 HONOR ROLL:

Nicolas Albano
 Charlotte Alexin
 Hermela Amanuel
 Emma Andrikidis
 Simon Arkinstall
 Lucy Battle
 Me Bazakas-Chamberlain
 Olivia Belshaw
 Rachel Berets
 Drew Bodmer
 James Burger
 Peter Cahoon
 Nathan Campbell
 Aidan Carey
 Kathleen Carr
 Kristina Carvalho
 Philip Carvalho
 Samantha Casey
 Julia Chase
 Sebastien Chase
 Ariana Chinoporos
 Cal Christofori
 Patrick Cleary
 Zachary Colleran
 Adam Cronin
 Luckson Dambo
 Margaux d’Arbeloff
 Constantine Decoulos
 Julia Delhome
 Graham Denison
 Eliora Doblin
 Matthew Donovan
 Kathryn Doyle
 Jeremy Evans
 Spencer Fan
 Samuel Finn
 Elizabeth Gale
 Colin Galvin
 Kaila Gendron
 Emma Gharibian
 Ilina Gulati
 Elijah Gullage
 Liora Gut
 Riley Haight
 John Haverty
 Nikolai Illarionov
 Cameron Jefferson
 Hayoung Jo
 Claire Johnson
 Danielle Kelly
 Diana Krmzian
 Maija Kubasek
 Hannah Kusnitz
 Alexander La Roche
 Jacob Laffey
 Miranda Landaeta
 Daniel Lay
 Cathleen Li
 Owen Luo
 Ava Madden
 Jenna Magno
 Jacqueline Mahoney
 Serena Maione
 Gabriel Manetas
 Wilder Manion
 Sara Manjikian
 Kevin Martin
 Jeremy Martin-Joy
 Curtis Marusiak
 Sean McLaughlin
 Colleen Mcvay
 Francesca Mei
 Daniel Miley
 Sarah Miller
 Toricah Nakigudde
 Katarena Nalbandian
 Sara Nelson
 Grace Newberry
 Lennart Nielsen
 Devan O’Toole
 Lauren Paquette
 Pateel Parseghian
 Axel Pellenq
 Maerose Pepe
 Michael Pergamo
 Aneka Pradhan
 Colin Quirk
 Paul Ramsey
 Calvi Reinhardt-Ertman
 Andrew Reppucci
 Paul Rhee
 Noah Riley
 Paul Roche
 Dana Romagna
 Sabrina Santagati
 Rachael Scali
 Isaiah Sealey
 Simon Sivers
 Benjamin Slavin
 Danniel Souza Da Silva
 Athanasios Speros
 Edward Stafford
 Kathleen Starr
 Filip Stefanovic
 Emma Steinert
 Evan Sullivan
 Lea Grace Swinson
 Gillian Tahajian
 Manvi Tandon
 Nicole Thoma
 Molly Thomas
 Walker Thomas
 Lily Tromanhauser
 Audrey Tucker
 Maxim Turkowski
 Rebecca Turner
 Sarah Tymm
 Danielle Veo
 Amanda Wan
 Joseph Wenzel
 Yaxuan Wu
 Kevin Xu
 Nicolas Yamin
 Charles Yeh

GRADE 10 Q4 HONOR ROLL:

Leena Abdelghany
 Lucas Abeln
 Joshua Alasso
 Tamara Allakhverdova
 Carey Allard
 Anelise Allen
 Brian Alper
 Lou Lou Baghdady
 Timothy Bailey
 Thomas Ballard
 Alix Balsan
 Annabel Banks
 Eliza Barmakian
 Samuel Bastille
 Olivia Bible
 Kiera Booth
 James Boyle
 Julia Bozkurtian
 Laurent Brabo
 Luna Bradley-Hurley
 Emma Brodigan
 Lilikoi Bronson
 Antony Bulat
 Jacqueline Bussin
 Margaret Cameron
 John Carson
 Elana Chen-Jones
 Taras Chicz
 Julie Choi
 Jaelyn Creech Moise
 Benjamin Crocker
 Dennis Crowley
 Grace Curtis
 Connor Dacey
 Sabina Dahal
 Katrena Daldalian
 Eleanor Dash
 Caroline Daskalakis
 Stephanie Delva
 Lillian Devitt
 Jack Doherty
 William Domeniconi
 John Doyle
 Andrew Duda
 Meredith Eagar
 Nina Ellard
 Sophia Epstein
 Nathaniel Espelin
 Margaret Fahey
 Lydia Fick
 William Findlay
 George Fitzgerald
 Caitlin Fowler
 Sebastian Freeze
 Bridget Gardiner
 Anasia Goodwyn-Cora
 Nathaniel Green
 Tobias Green
 Kaela Hale
 Mia Handte-Reinecker
 Olivia Hardy
 Seneca Hart
 Bradley Harvey
 Caleb Henman
 Margaret Higgins
 Yuriko Hishiya
 Liza Hote
 Serena Hu
 Allison Hughes
 Amelia Ickes
 Jeremy Jackson
 Navya Jain
 James Jang
 William Joaquin
 Gayane Kaligian
 Marina Kelleher-Durkop
 Anjali Khare
 Brendan Kiely
 Mikael Killian
 Joseph Kirya
 Brian Kleckner
 Milan Knoor
 Asa Kohn
 Anoush Krafian
 Allegra Lazzarotto
 Sophie Lefebvre
 Jacob Lenef
 Owen Loveluck
 Christine MacLeod
 Caroline Madden
 Katherine Manganelli
 Raffi Manjikian
 Natalie Marusiak
 Andrew Mazzone
 Ainslee McMullin
 Maxwell Meier
 Madeline Meskin
 Matthew Messer
 Alec Morin
 Brittany Muller
 Marc Muser
 Mel Nagashima
 Liana Nalbandian
 Massiel Nazario Montes
 Brandon Nichols
 Francisco Noack
 Ryan Noone
 Nairi Ostayan
 Kailee Pellicane
 Thomas Phillips
 Olivia Pierce
 Michael Pomer
 Meron Power
 Lisbeth Quintin
 Grace Ramey
 Calista Reagan
 Veronica Reyes
 Tyler Reynolds
 Kylie Rhone
 Mikayla Riselli
 Steven Rizzuto
 Michael Rodriguez
 Samuel Rogers
 Jessica Rosenstein
 Rosemary Rouskova
 Jiayi Ruan
 Alexa Sabatino
 Eric Saidnawey
 Michael Samuelian
 Alison Sawyer
 Rebecca Schwartz
 Max Serrano-Wu
 Alexandra Shapazian
 Jacob Shapiro
 Michael Shea
 Henry Sheehan
 Siddhanta Shrestha
 Mahima Sindhu
 Isha Singh
 Daniel Sokol
 Zachary Steward
 Tess Stromberg
 Jennifer Tan
 Nathanael Taylor
 Jean-Michel Thompson
 Mary Tolan
 John Travia
 Joseph Viale
 William Westermark
 Bruce Westgate
 Barbara Wetter
 Joseph Yoon
 Yuexin Yu
 Mateus Zarzycki

GRADE 9 Q4 HONOR ROLL:

Sophia Abdallah
 Hadi Abdelghany
 Mohamed Abdel-salam
 Jason Ackerson
 Sophia Allen
 Mari Alvarez-Fernandez
 Amir Ardaneh
 Thanos Arvanitis
 Damien Autissier
 Grant Ayrapetyan
 Leah Babroudi
 Moushe Babroudi
 Asstou Bance
 Merrill Barnes
 Maxwell Baskerville
 Drew Bates
 Anna Bauerle
 Larissa Biette
 Mackenzie Brown
 Emily Buckley
 Rafael Burger
 Maxwell Campbell
 Julia Cantor
 Julia Casey
 Preston Cheung
 Audrey Christo
 Elisey Chuprakov
 Janae Creech Moise
 Michael Delhome
 Dorothy Dignan
 Deniz Dutton
 Zoe Elizee
 Brit Ellis
 Katelyn Evans
 Gabriel Fernandez
 Nicholas Fiacco
 Elizabeth Galli
 Andi Garner
 Christopher Giron
 Arlo Gow
 Tomas Griffin
 Natalia Guerra
 Amanda Hanley
 Kelsey Hanley
 Samuel Harris
 Breah Healey
 John Herlihy
 Brendan Hill
 Hannah Hlotyak
 Lily Hoffman Strickler
 Stefan Iglesias
 Nicoletta Kalavantis
 Neiki Kardar
 Srinidhi Kaushik
 Demitri Kokoros
 Marko Ladan
 Joseph LaFauci
 Maura Laffey
 Anderson Lawrence
 Octavia Leeb
 Jordan Lettiere
 Angela Li
 Fengkai Lin
 Brogan Madden
 Keaton Magnuson
 Elizabeth Mason
 Lefaith Massaquoi
 India May
 Aiyanna Mcghee
 Armen Michaelian
 Nathan Miller
 Steven Miller
 Alice Mitchell
 Khaled Mohieddin
 Luke Moore-Frederick
 Morgan Moroney
 Camden Murphy
 Antonio Netto
 Justin O’Connell
 Peter O’Connor
 Daniel Orem
 Minnie Palkimas
 James Parsons
 David Pergamo
 Nicholas Picardi
 Adam Pitner
 Alyssa Poulsen
 Hana Power
 Cassandra Reed
 Francisco Rodriguez
 Alexander Rokosz
 Nora Rushe
 Philip Scali
 Lila Searls
 Sabhyata Sedhain
 Ryan Shea
 Bradley Skolnick
 Benjamin Sseruwagi
 Timothy Starr
 Nareg Stepanian
 Amanda Su
 Ava Sullivan
 Perry Sullivan
 Kai Takayama
 Samuel Thompson
 Simon Todreas
 Jenna Valerius
 Annie Veo
 Francesca Volante
 Samuel Yamin
 Kai Yao
 Daniel Yardemian
 Rickey Ye
 Haoran Zhang
 Kevin Zheng

McLean and Belmont High School Partnership Earn Major Award (HPA)

A partnership between McLean Hospital and Belmont High School (BHS) to help address the social and emotional needs of students has earned state and national recognition.

The Massachusetts Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Honor Society presented McLean and BHS with the Golden Torch Award in community service for launching the initiative.

BHS principal Dan Richards and psychologist Eileen Wiznitzer, PsyD, approached McLean two years ago to explore a partnership that would provide additional social and emotional support for students. “McLean was extremely responsive to our needs and has since volunteered to provide consultation services, a speaker series for parents, and training workshops for educators,” said Wiznitzer.

“There has been a growing population of adolescents and young adults who are presenting with psychiatric difficulties,” said Wiznitzer, noting that depression and anxiety are what educators see as most prevalent. “Not only are the numbers growing, but the degree of severity of some of the issues has increased. Simultaneously, a lot of the resources have been reduced, as there are fewer community mental health services and fewer state-funded facilities and state-funded resources.”

“There’s a lot of strain on schools to fill those holes in order to assist kids with emotional and social struggles,” she said. “There’s an enormous need, and McLean has stepped up to try and assist us.”

Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services
McLean’s Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services, located in Cambridge

Diane Bedell, LICSW, program director of McLean’s Clinical Evaluation Center and Ambulatory Services who oversees the McLean-BHS initiative, said when theChild and Adolescent Outpatient Servicesmoved in 2014 to the Sancta Maria Nursing Facility in Cambridge, being in close proximity to BHS presented the opportunity to respond to a growing need within the community.

“Soon after we moved, Belmont High reached out to us,” she said. “There is increasing recognition by communities and school systems about the growing mental health needs of students, not just here but globally. We decided to work on developing a partnership with the school system that would them help meet the needs of their students.”

To facilitate the BHS partnership, McLean hired Paulina Loo, MD, MPH, who has extensive experience developing school consultation services and previously served as the clinical director for the New York City Children’s Center, operated by the New York State Office of Mental Health. In addition to working with BHS, she is a psychiatrist with the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program, which provides outpatient treatment services to children and adolescents.

“McLean is highly committed to providing services to Belmont High,” said Loo, who meets with Wiznitzer and other BHS staff on a regular basis. “This partnership exemplifies how mental health care organizations can successfully collaborate with school districts to help provide better resources for students as well as their families.”

McLean has so far provided a speaker series for parents, covering such topics as stress reduction and the mental health needs of students transitioning to college. The hospital has also made scholarship slots available to students who require intensive mental health services but whose families are not able to pay for services. In addition, mental health consultation has been offered to educators, helping them to gain a better understanding of psychiatric illness. Planning is currently underway for workshops that will help staff improve their skills in working with high-risk students struggling with mental health challenges.

“From my perspective, this is what’s so important—to try and change the trajectory of students who are experiencing emotional or mental health challenges,” said Loo. “My goal is to also provide services to the elementary school kids—to work with them in a setting that’s not stigmatized. We want to help kids to be healthier, earlier.”

Moment of Silence (Orlando Tragedy)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today, Belmont High School had a moment of silence to honor the families and victims of the Orlando tragedy. The moment of silence was read by one of our students who is a member of the GSA.

“This past weekend, an unthinkable terrorist attack occurred against the LGBT community in Orlando Florida. This attack was the second largest terrorist attack against the United States, other than the events on 9/11.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of the tragedy. These acts of violence and prejudice represent just a few and do not represent the values of the many, and of the Belmont High School community.

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 solemn day.”

Senior Service Day Thanks Merchants

We gratefully acknowledge the many area merchants who contributed so generously to our 13th annual Belmont High School Senior Service Day, held on Friday, May 27.  In this event, groups of Belmont High seniors performed different service activities at many sites in the area, ranging from Habitat  and the Town Clerk’s office to  the Belmont Public Schools the Woodland Garden outside the library..

Before heading out to their projects for their workday, students began at 8AM with breakfast made possible by contributions from Whole Foods (Fresh Pond),  Starbuck’s (Cushing Square),  Russo’s Market, Star Market, Costco,  Stop & Shop (Pleasant Street),  Stop and Shop (Watertown Street),  Wilson Farms, Linda’s Donuts,  Iggy’s, and Quebrada Baking Company.

Thank you for helping again to make this event so successful!

Alice Melnikoff

BHS Community Service Coordinator

BHS Lockdown Drill Procedure, 6-7-2016

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that Belmont High School practiced our lockdown drill procedures today, 6/7. All faculty, staff, and students participated in the drill and I am happy to report it was a success.

I will continue to meet with the school administration, faculty, staff, students and the Belmont Police department on how best to further improve safety protocols at Belmont High School.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Mr. Richards

Principal

District Attorney Marian T. Ryan Presents Grant to the BHS All Night Party

Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan presents a check for $500 to support the Belmont High School All Night Party. Belmont High School submitted a grant to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office earlier this year to help keep students safe after graduation.

DA Scholarship, 2016

Principal Dan Richards, James Kitch, Nicole Thoma, DA Marian Ryan, Lillian Devitt, All Night Part Coordinator Jo-Ann Spera, Devan O’Toole