Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story with Marion Lazan
Monday, 11/27- 9AM- 10:15AM presentation for ALL students and staff in the Field House.
We have read about history in our textbooks. We have googled topics on the internet. We have even watched documentaries on the History channel. But there are very few opportunities in our lives to actually sit in the same room as someone who has survived and truly lived moments of history. This presentation offers the unique experience and privilege of hearing firsthand from a woman who is both a witness to, and as a Holocaust survivor, a victim of history. Students and staff will have the opportunity to meet Mrs. Lazan and to hear firsthand about her experiences as a nine-year old child interned with her family in the German concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen, the same camp in which Anne Frank died.
While Anne Frank left us no writings following her family’s arrest in Holland, Marion Blumenthal Lazan takes us behind the barbed wire to describe in detail what life was like during those harrowing years. She also explains the events leading up to her family’s incarceration in Bergen-Belsen and its life-challenging aftermath.
Yet Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s message is not one of despair. It dwells on the values of determination, perseverance, faith, and hope. The messages are of tolerance and understanding in a still-troubled world.
We will be offering a limited number of copies of Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s memoir, Four Perfect Pebbles in paperback to be signed by the author.
Thursday Nov. 23,2017 @10:15AM
Watertown’s Victory Field
Tickets go on sale at the Belmont H.S. School Store beginning
Monday November 20, 2017
The School Store is located in the BHS Café.
Store Hours: Mon & Tue. 11am-1:15pm
No tickets will be sold on Wednesday Nov. 22nd
Pre Sale Ticket prices are as follows:
Student $5.00 Adults $7.00
Day of the Game All Tickets $10.00
HONOR ROLL Q1 GR 9:
|Yoo Min Choi|
|Paola Mejia Guzman|
HONOR ROLL Q1 GR 10:
| Arseniy Balkarov
HONOR ROLL Q1 GR 11:
|Gyeong Hoon Baeg|
|Max Copes Finke|
|Janae Creech Moise|
|Lily Hoffman Strickler|
| Ruiqi Huang
|Jessica La Roche|
|Jorge Mejia Guzman|
|Cryst Nayiga Magandazi|
HONOR ROLL Q1 GR 12:
|Massiel Nazario Montes|
|Jun Hyeok Park|
HIGH HONOR ROLL Q1 GRADE 9:
|Liam Cmok Kehoe|
|Gabriella De La Roca|
|Sei Young Jang|
HIGH HONOR ROLL Q1 GRADE 10:
HIGH HONOR ROLL Q1 GRADE 11:
|Jin Young Hwang|
|Tae Min Jang|
|Jin Hoon Kim|
|Sai Yeon Yoon|
|Christian Yu Cheung|
HIGH HONOR ROLL Q1 GRADE 12:
|Lou Lou Baghdady|
|Jaelyn Creech Moise|
|Won Young Jang|
|Lizeth Parra Arroyo|
Tis the season of gratitude and thanksgiving, and the video below had me thinking about what it means to be grateful.
Have you ever heard the saying, “You started at third base but you thought you hit a home run?” The idea is that sure you are successful, you hit a home run, but it was due to the advantages you had as much as it was due to the way you hit the ball. After all, you started at third base.
The video below illustrates the idea of social and economic advantage and how these advantages can impact chances for future success. It’s undeniable that certain starting points in life can create greater opportunities for success.
I think this video could be a great launching point for discussions with students. There is plenty to think about and even to critique. It’s powerful, but there are plenty of opportunities for critical thinking.
So who should be grateful in this video? Some might say the kids with the most advantages. They have more to start with than the others after all. It’s statistically true that people with those advantages tend to be more successful on average than those who do not.
But here’s the thing about gratitude, it should not be dependent only on havingmore or even having enough. Gratitude is a state of mind that is available to all of us all of the time.
After all, if you aren’t grateful for what you have now, what makes you think you would be grateful if you had more? Unless you make a choice to be grateful in all things, how will it ever be enough?
It’s very difficult to adopt this mindset in our consumer driven culture. Even in the video, the end goal is a $100 bill. We are constantly reminded of what we don’t have. But life is not about racing past someone else to win. It’s not about having the most money or toys.
Life has far more to offer than economic success. Some of the poorest people in the world live the most meaningful, happiest lives. They are finding joy in life in spite of having very little material wealth. Every day presents its blessings or burdens. We choose our focus.
Everyone has challenges in life and everyone has opportunities. Sure, some have more challenges and some have less, but everyone has the opportunity to choose two things: thoughts and actions.
Will you choose to focus on your blessings or your burdens? Will you choose actions that lead to blessings or ones that lead to burdens?
Stephen Covey wrote, “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
Ultimately, I believe this is true. We can rise above circumstances, eventually. It may not happen as fast as we’d like. There are many stories of people who have risen above, people who are overcomers. There are people who have overcome terrible hardships and horrific circumstances, even abuse and neglect. If it is true for some, why can’t it be true for all?
For all the problems we have in this country, there are still incredible opportunities, even if the deck is stacked against some more than others. Are there inequities? Absolutely. Should we be satisfied with a system that works against some? Absolutely not. But there are also tremendous opportunities for those who choose to rise above.
We need to help all students learn to be grateful even in the midst of challenges. Why? The research is clear (Harvard Health):
Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
Gratitude is an empowering state of mind. It helps us realize that we have blessings in our life. It also helps us offer blessings into the lives of others.
There may be difficulties and disparities in our world. There always have been injustices and as long a human being are running this planet, that will probably continue to be true.
I would summarize my response to the video I shared with two questions:
1. Who will you lift up?
2. What will you rise above?
Who will you lift up? You have gifts to give. You can be hope and help to someone else. You can lift up someone who might need a helping hand.
What will you rise above? There will be challenges. There will be obstacles. But you have everything you need to be great. Just keep moving in the direction of your dreams.
The Belmont High School Building Project Community Input Survey is online and we want to hear from you! Share your opinions on the Belmont High School Building Project by filling out the BHSBC Survey at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9HGnLrZjtZUdhX4CJjpWPEiiR3wCmu0lxZb-AXJEm4l_8gA/viewform.
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You can also sign up for email updates and learn more about the project, including timelines, videos, meeting schedules, presentations, and more, at www.belmonthighschoolproject.org.
Thank you for your input on this important project!
Dear BHS Parents and Guardians,
In addition to the letter I sent to faculty, staff, students, parents, and guardians about the recent trend of vaping, there is an informative video and article in the Boston Globe. Please take 5 minutes to review. You will learn how students are disguising vaping pens, what they look like and the health risks. Also, please take the time to speak with your student about making healthy choices. Our kids are our most important investment.
Mr. Dan Richards
Dear BHS Parents and Guardians,
With the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes and vaporizers (both of which are commonly referred to as ‘vapes’), I thought it might be helpful to share some information with you and enlist your help to make sure students are not bringing them into Belmont High School. We have seen an increase in students possessing these items this year, and it is clear from conversations with other school leaders that neighboring districts – and those across the country – are experiencing the same increase.
Vapes are being heavily marketed to two groups. The first is to those looking to quit smoking cigarettes and the sales pitch is that vaporizing is healthier than smoking. There is minimal scientific evidence for this (largely because they are still new enough that long-term studies have not been done) and what is getting inhaled plays a significant role in how accurate that could be. But the ‘healthy’ benefits are a big part of the pitch.
The other group the companies are marketing to is adolescents and, while they are playing up the ‘healthy’ aspects, the real pitch here comes down to being ‘cool’. This effort to get young users early is made all the easier by vapes’ convenience and ability to be used quickly and without detection, with very little residual odor (it is usually a little sweet and not like cigarettes or marijuana). As you can see from some of the images below, vapes come in a wide range of designs, all of which easily fit into a pocket or bag. Some versions are designed to avoid notice by looking like other common items, such as inhalers, computer pen drives, and even small gaming systems. A quick Google image search using the words “vaping/vaping devices” will provide additional pictures if you would like to investigate further.
The liquid being vaporized and inhaled is usually referred to as the ‘juice’ and comes in small containers and in a very wide array of flavors. Some are simply flavored liquid. Many, though, have nicotine and other addictive elements to them. The juice is also easily – and often – infused with THC, the key chemical in marijuana.
The result of this ease of access is that students across the country are being encouraged to take part in behavior that is unhealthy, illegal, and, specifically, against the rules at BHS. This reality, mixed with a culture that is becoming increasingly tolerant of marijuana use in general, also means our students have greater access to ways of getting high that are difficult to detect, while having fewer concerns about the detrimental impact of marijuana use on their still-developing brains. It’s not a good combination.
I strongly encourage you to talk with your student(s) about the dangers of vaping and the problems that can occur from it. Honest and straightforward discussions about issues such as these can have a very significant impact on their choices. In the conversation, it may be helpful to remind students that being in possession of tobacco or nicotine, tobacco/nicotine products, and paraphernalia are against school rules and are listed in the BHS handbook. We will be reminding our students of the concerns over these choices and the potential consequences and would appreciate your reiteration of those points as well. I also appreciate your attentiveness to items your student may have on their possession that look like vapes or the related aspects.
For your information, I addressed this topic with all students during class assemblies at the beginning of the school year. These conversations are ongoing with our students in order to remind them to make positive choices, health implications and avoid consequences. I would appreciate your reiteration of those points and your attentiveness to items your student may have on his/her possession that look like vapes or related aspects.
I do want to stress that Belmont High School is a safe place where the vast, vast majority of our students make great choices each and every day. My interest in reaching out to all of you is to help steer our students away from the draw of vapes’ easy access, use, and misuse. I appreciate your partnership to keep our students making healthy, safe and smart choices.
Friday, November 17th: Belmont Day – wear your Belmont gear for the Lip Dup
Monday, November 20th: Boston Day – wear your Boston sports apparel
Tuesday, November 21st: Pajama Day – wear your school appropriate pjs
Wednesday, November 22nd: Class Spirit Day – wear your class t-shirt and get your face painted in the cafeteria before the Pep Rally