2014-2015 BHS Back-to-School Information

Belmont High School
Back-to-School Important Dates and Reminders

*Important Dates to Remember

Incoming Freshmen and Parents/Guardians Orientation

Wednesday, August 27

Orientation for Incoming Freshmen, and Parents/Guardians: Orientation for parents and students will begin at 5:00 pm in the Auditorium. Administration will speak to all in attendance about student life and how to be successful at BHS. Parents are excused at 5:30 pm. A tour of the building will be offered to students. Following the tour, students will meet the Guidance Counselors and the Class Connectors. A pizza supper will be provided for Freshman students and Class Connectors. Parents need to pick up their students at 7:45 pm.

*Thursday, August 28

Tours for all new students Grade 10 – 12: Any new student and parent/guardians are welcome to come to a tour of the building from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Pizza will be provided.

Opening Day

*Wednesday, September 3

Opening Day for Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12: All grades will report to school at 7:35 am for homeroom. Freshmen will report to the Auditorium for a brief assembly at 8:15 am. Seniors will report to the Auditorium for a brief assembly at 12:35 pm. A Quick Reference Guide, including the schedule for Opening Day and the first week of school, has been uploaded to your Edline account. The first day of school will be a FULL-DAY of classes.

Homeroom assignments for all students will be posted in the main lobby and posted on the BHS website. Students should report to homeroom at 7:35 am where they will receive course schedules and locker information. Homeroom teachers will explain the schedule and answer any other questions. After homeroom, students will attend each class on their Wednesday schedule and meet with teachers.


Information regarding the purchase of a yearbook through the Jostens Company will be available on the school website under students/yearbooks.

Important Information for Grade 12

Senior students should bring a check for $50.00 made payable to “BHS Class of 2015” to pay for their class dues. Class dues are used to pay for graduation cap and gown, senior activities, and class t-shirts. Checks will be collected by the homeroom teachers. Please make sure your student’s name is on the check.

Cap and Gown information will be shared with you via your Naviance account.

A representative from Yankee Candle will make a brief presentation at the class meeting to deliver information on an individual fundraising opportunity that may cover all or part of a student’s class dues, yearbook, or prom ticket. Any student who needs financial assistance with class dues, yearbook, or prom ticket must participate in this fundraiser.


Thursday, September 4

Sophomores will report to the Auditorium for a brief assembly at 8:27 am and Juniors will report to the Auditorium for a brief assembly at 1:36 pm.

Student Picture Days
September 8 School Pictures: Pictures for your student(s) will take place on the following days – Freshmen on September 8; Sophomores on September 9; Juniors on September 10; Seniors (IDs only) on September 11.

BHS Back-to-School Night

Wednesday, September 17

Back to School Night: Beginning at 6:30 pm, parents/guardians will follow an abbreviated version of their student’s daily schedule. Teachers will present parents/guardians with an overview of their courses. Please arrive early – parking is limited.

Student Activities Fair

Tuesday, October 1

Student Activities Fair: The Student Activities Fair is a great opportunity for students to explore the clubs and other extracurricular activities that BHS has to offer. Representatives from the extracurricular organizations at BHS will be available to distribute information, answer questions and sign-up new members.

Quick Reference Guide
Belmont High School
School Year 2014-2015

This is a quick reference guide for parents/guardians and students using the best and most current information. Consult the Student/Parent Handbook at: http://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bhs/studentbook/ as the ultimate authority on matters of policy and regulations. Visit the Belmont High School (BHS) website for general information and links to school resources at http://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bhs.

Absences/Tardy Arrival/Dismissal

Absence/Tardy Arrival/Dismissal Ms. Judy Glover, Attendance Secretary
jglover@belmont.k12.ma.us (617) 993-5999

Parents/Guardians must call the automated attendance line ((617) 993-5999) to notify the school when their student will be absent, will arrive to school tardy, or will be dismissed early. To excuse an absence or a tardy, the call must be received as early as possible but no later than 2:00 pm on the day of the absence/tardy. To dismiss a student from school early, the call must be received prior to the dismissal time. Since parents/guardians do not need to come into the building to “sign out” their students, the students can be picked up outside the front of the building.

Attendance can have an effect on a student’s grade. Excessive unexcused tardies and all unexcused absences may result in grade penalties. Consult the Attendance Policy in the Student Handbook for details.


BHS Administration You may contact administrators by phone or e-mail.

Principal: Mr. Daniel Richards
drichards@belmont.k12.ma.us (617) 993-5901

Asst. Principal (Grades 9 & 11): Ms. Sherri Turner
sturner@belmont.k12.ma.us (617) 993-5901

Asst. Principal (Grades 10 & 12): Mr. John Muldoon
jmuldoon@belmont.k12.ma.us (617) 993-5901

Athletics Office: Mr. Jim Davis, Director
jdavis@belmont.k12.ma.us (617) 993-5930
Department Website: http://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bhs/athletics

English Office: Ms. Lindsey Rinder, Director
lrinder@belmont.k12.ma.us (617) 993-5940

Fine and Performing Arts Office: Mr. Arto Asadoorian, Director
aasadoorian@belmont.k12.ma.us (617) 993-5960

Foreign Language Office: Ms. Colleen Foley, Director
cfoley@belmont.k12.ma.us (617) 993-5950

Guidance Office: Ms. Vanessa Ranieri, Guidance Dept. Secretary
vranieri@belmont.k12.ma.us (617) 993-5910
(Effective 9/20/2014: Mrs. Vanessa French, vfrench@belmont.k12.ma.us)

Math Office: Ms. Patty Soliozy, Director
psoliozy@belmont.k12.ma.us (617) 993-5960

METCO Office: Ms. Diane Wiltshire, Director
dwiltshire@belmont.k12.ma.us (617) 993-5850

Nurse’s Office: Ms. Patsy MacKinnon, School Nurse
pmackinnon@belmont.k12.ma.us (617) 993-5929

Science Office: Ms. Jessica Baron, Director
jbaron@belmont.k12.ma.us (617) 993-5970

Social Studies Office: Ms. Deborah McDevitt, Director
dmcdevitt@belmont.k12.ma.us (617) 993-5980

Special Education Office: Mr. Ken Kramer, Director
kkramer@belmont.k12.ma.us (617) 993-5440

Class Connectors Class Connectors is a program that links up junior and senior students with incoming freshmen to help smooth the transition to the high school.

Contacting Faculty Members Every staff member at BHS can be reached via e-mail. Use the first initial and full last name of the teacher you are trying to reach, followed by @belmont.k12.ma.us. For example: If you are trying to reach Principal Daniel Richards, you would use the following address: drichards@belmont.k12.ma.us. Please keep in mind that teachers will make every attempt to respond within 24 hours.

Additionally, every staff member can be reached via voicemail. To look up a staff member’s voicemail number call (617) 993-5900 and choose option “6” from the menu.

Community Service

Community Service Ms. Alice Melnikoff, Community Service Coordinator
amelnikoff@belmont.k12.ma.us (617) 993-5981

In order to meet BHS graduation requirements, students must complete 40 hours of community service. Service may be performed at a variety of locations and at times that are convenient for the student, including school vacations and free periods during the school day. For a full description of the requirements of the program go to http://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bhs.

Early Release Days Dismissal

Early Release Days Dismissal time on early release days is 10:30 am. There are several early release dates throughout the year.

Edline is BHS’s online student information system. Student schedules, report cards, progress reports and teacher assignments are all posted to your student’s private Edline account. Families who do not have Internet access should call the Main Office at (617) 993-5901 to make arrangements to pick up student reports. Edline can be accessed through the BPS website at http://www.belmont.k12.ma.us. Select the “For Students” menu and then “High School Edline”.

Free Periods and Cancelled Classes

Students are expected to be present in the school between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. In case of free periods at the start, middle or end of the day, students may spend that time in the cafeteria or the library. BHS does not call in a substitute until a teacher’s third consecutive day of absence. When a teacher is absent, class is cancelled and there will be a homework assignment posted on the classroom door. Students should note the assignment and spend class time in the cafeteria, the library or a designated quiet study classroom. Students may not be dismissed during their “frees” unless they have earned open campus privileges.

Grades and Grade Point Averages

There are four terms in the school year. Grades are recorded for each quarter as well as for mid-year exam and final exam. Final grades are calculated by the following formula:

Q1: 20%, Q2: 20%, Mid-year exam: 10%,
Q3: 20%, Q4: 20%, Final exam: 10%

Information regarding the calculation of grade point averages can be found in the BHS Student Handbook.

Guidance Staff

Guidance counselors are a resource students can turn to for help with academics, social issues, emotional issues and/or scheduling issues. Students can also be referred to our school psychologist or adjustment counselor. Each student is assigned a guidance counselor upon entrance to BHS and will have the same guidance counselor through his or her senior year. Parents/guardians are welcome to make appointments with their student’s counselor to discuss concerns about their student by calling (617) 993-5910. Juniors and seniors meet with their guidance counselor more often for assistance with the college planning and application process.

(Assigned by first letter of student’s last name)

Ms. Ross (9 A-C, 10 A-Do, 11 A-Con, 12 A-De)

Mr. Brown (9 D-Ha, 10 Du-H, 11 Coo-H, 12 Di-H)

Ms. Guellnitz (9 He-Me, 10 I-Mah, 11 I-Mak, 12 I-Mc)

Mr. Paczkowski (9 Mi-Sh, 10 Mai-Se, 11 Mal-R, 12 Me-Ri)

Ms. Taylor (9 Si-Z, 10 Sh–Z, 11 S–Z, 12 Ro–Z)

Health Office Information

Ms. Patsy MacKinnon, School Nurse
pmackinnon@belmont.k12.ma.us (617) 993-5929

In order to provide a safe and healthy school environment, it is important for the school nurse to be informed of any health issues that may affect a student’s performance in school or require special attention (e.g., injuries, allergies, asthma, diabetes, seizure disorders, etc.). Parents/guardians should contact the school nurse directly regarding any health issues.

If medications are to be given in school, the following guidelines need to be followed:

• Prescribed medications must be in the pharmacy bottle and labeled with the student’s name, doctor’s name, dosage, date, etc.
• Over-the-counter medications must be in the original manufacturer-labeled container
• A medical permission form must be signed by the parent/guardian and physician for any over-the-counter (including Tylenol or Ibuprofen) or prescription medications. Forms are available in the nurse’s office
• Student should not transport any medication to school
• All medicines are to be kept in the nurse’s office
• It is the responsibility of the student to come to the health clinic at the required time

If the above guidelines are not followed, the school will be unable to dispense the medication. Should further clarification of the medication policy be necessary, please contact the school nurse.

Parent/Guardian Information and BHS News

To receive school information, parents/guardians are encouraged to sign up on the BHS website http://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bhs to receive the following distribution lists:

• List-Serve
• Twitter – @BHSnewsblast
• Principal’s Blog

Daily announcements can be accessed at http://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bhs/announce/.

The Calendar of Events for the Year is available on the BHS website at: http://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bhs/bhscal/index.htm.

Parent Teacher Organization

The BHS Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) provides opportunities for parents/guardians to be involved. The first PTO Meeting for 2014-2015 is tentatively scheduled for September 10th at 7:30 pm in the BHS Library. PTO President, Ms. Ming Zhong can be reached at mingzhong02155@yahoo.com.

Report Cards and Progress Reports

Report cards and progress reports are made available to parents/guardians electronically through their Edline Accounts. 9th grade parents/guardians need to use their current Edline account information, including user names and passwords. For those parents new to the district, or those who have not activated their parent account, activation codes will be given out at the high school back-to-school night on September 17. Report cards will be uploaded to Edline in November, January, April and June. Final report cards will be posted in late June. Progress reports will be posted in October, December, March, and May. An email message will be sent out via the school List Serve announcing the posting of report cards and progress reports.

Parents/guardians who do not have access to the internet should contact the Main Office to make arrangements to pick up student report cards and progress reports.

School Day

The school day runs from 7:35 am to 2:25 pm. All students must be in school by 8:00 am, regardless of free periods, and may not leave the campus before 2:00 pm, unless formally dismissed by a parent/guardian. Class periods meet for either 2 mods (52 minutes) or 3 mods (78 minutes). There is typically a 2 or 3 minute period of time change between classes.

BHS will follow an abbreviated schedule on all Wednesdays. Regular dismissal on Wednesday afternoons will be at 1:25 pm. Additionally, BHS will have five 10:30 am Wednesday dismissals, one 10:30 am Friday dismissal and one 10:30 am delayed opening during the school year.

Student Drop Off and Pickup

Students may be dropped off and picked up in front of the school building. For student safety and smooth traffic flow, cars should pull over to the right and allow traffic to pass on the left.

Student Parking

Students must apply for parking permit. Applications are located in the main office. Completed applications should be submit to the Main Office for consideration. Students are only allowed to park in the designated student parking area. All violators’ vehicles may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.

Belmont High School
First Day of School

Wednesday, 9/3/14
Homeroom – All students report 7:35 AM 8:13. Homeroom lists are posted in the main lobby outside the main office.

Grade Class Assemblies
*Freshman Assembly – A3 8:15 AM – 8:38 AM
– iPads distributed at end of assembly.
– Freshmen will return to their D3 class.

*Senior Assembly -12:35 pm. Seniors will take their class picture immediately after class meeting.

B3 8:38 AM 9:01 AM
C3 9:02 AM 9:25 AM
D3 9:25 AM 9:48 AM
E3 9:48 AM 10:11 AM
F3 10:13 AM 10:36 AM
G3 10:36 AM 10:59 AM
H3 10:59 AM 11:22 AM
I3 11:24 AM 11:47 AM
J3 11:47 AM 12:10 PM
K3 12:10 PM 12:33 PM
L3 12:35 PM 12:58 PM
M3 12:58 PM 1:25 PM

Regular Schedule Thursday, 9/4/201 and Friday, 9/5/2014 (no homeroom)
Class Assemblies
Sophomore Assembly –  8:27 am
– iPads distributed at end of Assembly.
– Sophomores will return to their C/D/E4 Class

Junior Assembly – 1:36 pm
– Juniors will return to their N4 Class


Belmont High School Attendance Policy

Key Points

• Students should be in school every scheduled day from 7:35 a.m. – 2:25 p.m.
• To be eligible to participate in any extracurricular activity offered by the school, students must be in school from 7:35 a.m. – 2:25 p.m. on the day of the activity. Attendance on the final school day before a weekend or school vacation will be used to determine a student’s eligibility to participate in an extracurricular activity during the weekend or vacation. Special circumstances will be reviewed by the assistant principal.
• Students are expected to attend every class meeting; attendance records are maintained on a course-by-course basis.
• Students are only allowed 5 excused absences per class per quarter. See list of documented absences (which do not count toward the cap of 5 excused absences) below.
• The parent/guardian must leave a return telephone number, and a reason for the absence. Only the student’s parent/guardian may excuse an absence.
• Grade penalties will be imposed for unexcused absences.
• All absences due to school-sponsored field trips are considered excused.
• When a student arrives to class without a pass and is tardy more than fifteen (15) minutes after formal instruction has commenced, he/she is considered absent unexcused. The student should still go to class to receive credit for the work done in the portion of the class he/she attended.
• In extenuating circumstances, a student may appeal absence-related consequences to the Attendance Review Panel to resolve attendance issues.
• Appeals must be in writing to the student’s assistant principal within one (1) week of the incident. Appeals submitted after this time will not be accepted. Special circumstances will be reviewed by the assistant principal.

1. Unexcused tardy- When a student arrives late to school or class and no phone call or note has been provided, the student receives an unexcused tardy. If the student receives 4 or more unexcused tardies in one-quarter, the student receives a grade penalty. Parents or guardians will be notified by teacher and/or assistant principal by phone or email when a student receives 3 or more unexcused tardies.
2. Unexcused absence- When a student misses class and no phone call or note has been provided. The student receives a grade penalty and discipline. Parents/guardians will be notified when a student receives an unexcused absence.
3. Excused absence (called in by parent/guardian) – When a student is absent due to illness, the parent/guardian must call the high school attendance office the night before or the day of the student’s absence at (617)993-5999 prior to 2:00PM. A parent/guardian note is not required for this absence. Students are allowed a maximum of 5 called in or excused absences per quarter.
4. Documented excused absence- When a student is absent due to a special circumstance, the parent/guardian must provide a note to document the absence. Examples of documented excused absences are listed below. Documented excused absences do not count toward the maximum of 5 absences per quarter.

Documented Excused absences
The following absences are considered documented excused and do not count towards the maximum five (5) allowed absences, however documentation must be provided and missed work must be made up:

Reasons – Required Documentation
• Religious holidays – Parent note
• Mandatory court visits – Court documents
• Testing (Special education, etc.) – Evaluator note
• Field Trips/School-sponsored-events – None required
• Extended illness (4 or more consecutive) – Doctor/
Nurse practitioner note can be faxed or brought in
• Family funeral/emergencies – Parent note
• Health professional visits – Doctor/Nurse
practitioner note
• College/private school visits (3 maximum) – Parent or College/School note

All documentation notes must be brought in no later than one day after the absence.
Routine health professional appointments should be scheduled after school. If this is unavoidable, parents/guardians must notify the main office or submit a note in advance of the appointment. Notification after the fact will not be excused.

Attendance Policy Guidelines and Protocols
Students are expected to attend every class meeting unless excused according to procedures described here. Six (6) or more absences in a quarter will result in grade reductions and potential failure of a course or courses.

Individual Responsibilities

Student’s Responsibilities
• It is each student’s responsibility to be aware of his/her attendance status in class, to make responsible decisions about attending all classes on a regular basis, and to miss no more than five (5) classes during a quarter.
• The student should monitor his/her own attendance and speak with his/her teachers if he/she has any questions about attendance records.
• The student must obtain and make-up class work missed due to absences. It is the student’s responsibility to see his/her teachers to obtain missed work.

Parent/Guardian Information and Responsibilities
• The parent/guardian should monitor his/her son’s/daughter’s attendance in each of his/her classes.
• We encourage parents to discuss the importance of good attendance with their children.
• To excuse a student’s absence, the parent/guardian must call the high school attendance office the night before, or the day of the student’s absence at (617) 993-5999 prior to 2:00 p.m. Messages left after 2:00 p.m. will not be considered, and the student will be marked unexcused for the day. Special circumstances will be reviewed by the assistant principal.
• When leaving a message on the attendance line, please leave the following information:
o Student’s name
o Student’s grade
o Reason for absence (see below)
o Return telephone number
• Phone calls submitted after 2:00 p.m. of the day of the absence will not be accepted.

Faculty, Staff, and Administration Responsibilities
• Record each student’s attendance in Grade Quick for each class on a daily basis.
• Submit the daily attendance records by 2:45PM each day.
• Reconcile all adjustments to a student’s attendance the following day.
• Notify the student, parent, guidance counselor, and assistant principal when a student reaches three (3) undocumented excused absences, one (1) unexcused absence, and/or three (3) unexcused tardies.
• Assistant principals will address students whose absences are unexcused or excessive

Grade Reduction and Buy Back Program
The letter grade of N in a particular course indicates a student has not met the school’s attendance expectations. An N reflects an academic grade of 59% due to a lack of attendance. Students are afforded the opportunity to recover a grade of N with the students’ earned grade. The policy and procedure are listed below:

Semester Courses
(2 quarters Grade Reduction and Buyback)
• Grade Reduction
o A student with six (6) or more undocumented excused and/or unexcused absences in the first quarter of a semester course (half-year) will receive an N for a grade. As a result, the original grade earned (60% or higher) is replaced with a 59%. The comment of “Failure due to attendance” will be noted on the student’s report card. Grades earned below 59% will not be replaced with an N but will be recorded according to what the student has earned.
• Grade Buyback
o A student who earns an N in the first quarter can pass a semester course if he/she meets the attendance expectations in the following quarter and has no discipline concerns. If the student meets the discipline and attendance expectations in the following quarter, his/her grade of N (59) will be replaced by the student’s original grade earned. Both earned grades are then calculated to determine a final grade.
o If a student does not meet the attendance expectation in the second quarter, the grade of N (59) is not replaced and is used to determine a final grade for the course.
o There is no buy back option for the fourth quarter, therefore if a student does not meet the required attendance expectations the student would receive an “F” (59%) for quarter 4.

Full-year courses
(4 quarters Grade Reduction and Buyback)
• Grade Reduction
o A student with six (6) or more undocumented excused and/or unexcused absences in a single quarter of a year-long course will receive an N for a grade. As a result, the original grade earned (60% or higher) is replaced with a 59%. The comment of “Failure due to attendance” will be noted on the student’s report card. Grades earned below 59% will not be replaced with an N but will be recorded according to what the student has earned.
o A student cannot exceed two (2) quarters earning an N for a grade. If the student does exceed the limit, they will then receive a failing grade for the year. Required courses would need to be repeated in the following school year.

• Grade Buyback
o A student who earns an N for a single quarter in a year-long course can pass for the quarter if he/she meets the discipline and attendance expectations in the following quarter. The N is then replaced by the original grade earned by the student and used when calculating the final grade for the course.
o During quarter 4 there is no buyback option, therefore if a student does not meet the required attendance expectations the student would receive an “F” (59%) for quarter 4.

*** Students will not be allowed to change or drop classes to avoid the consequences of poor attendance. Those who do change classes for legitimate reasons will have their attendance record follow them to the similar class. ***

2 thoughts on “2014-2015 BHS Back-to-School Information

  1. You mention that students’ homeroom assignments are on the high school website. Where on the website would we find that info?

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