BHS Incident, 4/3/18

Dear BHS Community,

I am writing to you out of an abundance of caution. Earlier this evening a teacher found a bullet in the social studies teacher workroom. It was determined that the bullet was part of a student’s World War II scrapbook project that had come loose. Once the bullet was discovered, the school administration notified the Belmont Police. The police assessed the situation and determined there was no threat to the school.
I commend the teacher’s quick response to notify the appropriate personnel and to act on “If you see something, say something”.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, 617-993-5902.
Dan Richards

BHS Production of 9 TO 5 Review

Theater Review: The BHS PAC’s Production of 9 to 5

By Elisabeth Pitts

Despite mic malfunctions and an electrical issue in the school’s fire alarm system that forced the cast, crew, and audience members to evacuate in the middle of the second act on Sunday night and brave the cold outside, the BHS PAC’s production of 9 to 5 was an ambitious, high-energy success. The leads took the script’s handful of profound moments surrounding the conversation about gender equality and harassment in the workplace, a topic that is sadly still very current, and carried them far beyond the scenes in which they appeared, creating a feeling of solidarity between the cast and audience members that lead to standing ovations every night.

In the role of Franklin Hart, the misogynistic, lecherous boss at Consolidated Industries, senior Evan Wagner succeeded in making everyone wildly uncomfortable with the stomach-churning “Here For You”. A difficult song to execute if done with any hint of embarrassment, Wagner proved to be an unapologetic and dynamic performer with an intimidating stage presence. This role is a far cry from the charming, witty characters he has embodied in BHS PAC productions of years past, and speaks to his indisputable versatility as an actor.

Senior Miriam Cubstead was in her acting element as Judy Bernly, perhaps the most sympathetic and developed character in the entire production. Judy’s journey from a meek housewife to an assertive and truly compassionate professional is one of many ups and downs, and Cubstead deftly and compellingly navigated the at-times awkward script. In a moment of pure confidence, she delivered a brilliant rendition of Judy’s ballad “Get Out and Stay Out” that had several audience members discreetly tearing up. As a veteran member of the BHS PAC with a Best Featured Actress nomination from the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, Cubstead is an acting force to be reckoned with.

Dolly Parton’s iconic platinum blonde hair and a lilting Southern accent transformed senior Olivia Pierce into the kind hearted and glamorous Doralee Rhodes, Franklin Hart’s long-suffering secretary. Pierce’s command of her agile and rich alto gave us the beautiful, nuanced performances of “Backwoods Barbie” and “Shine Like The Sun”, and she delivered the classic “rooster to a hen” line with the ovation-worthy determination of the original. Every song and scene she was in exuded energy and the kind of effortless charisma that made Dolly Parton’s Doralee such a mainstay in 80’s pop culture, and Pierce’s outstanding performance was the kind that keeps audiences returning to that story time and time again.

As the no-nonsense Violet Newstead, senior Anelise Allen was bold and graceful, delighting the audience with her impressive dance repertoire and powerful soprano. Her comedic timing was fantastic and she commanded the stage with the confidence and wit of a professional. Alongside her as love interest Joe was junior Sammy Haines, who gave dimension and personality to a character that may have fallen flat had it been in the hands of a less skilled actor. A particularly touching moment was Violet and Joe’s duet “Let Love Grow” and this is truly where each performer’s strengths shined as both singers and actors. With voices so perfectly matched and chemistry that believable, it’s no wonder Allen and Haines were able to execute one of the best numbers in the production.

Senior Becca Schwartz was excellent as Roz Keith, the only woman infatuated with Franklin Hart, and her subtly exaggerated rendition of “Heart to Hart” was definitely a highlight of the show. It’s a shame Roz only gets one belting song because Schwartz’s vocals were absolutely incredible.

With choreography by the forever talented Jenny Lifson, the Featured Dancers were an enthusiastic and spectacular addition to the cast. Honorable mentions go to seniors Raffi Manjikian and Amelia Ickes, and freshman Jacob Geiger, three incredible high-energy dancers who especially stood out in “9 to 5” and “One Of The Boys”.

The costumes and set, designed and created entirely by a team of students, were bright, well-designed, and cheerfully reminiscent of the 80’s depicted in Hollywood movies of the time. The pit orchestra, conducted by Mrs. Reavey, was vibrant and brought the action on stage to life. On the student production team, assistant stage managers Adrine Kaligian and Lilly Palkimas juggled school and a demanding show schedule that involved everything from taking detailed notes during rehearsals to tracking the attendance of every single cast member. Stage managers Sam Lubarr and Georgia Sundahl and assistant director Nick Borelli also had a hand in the creation of this magnificent production, keeping everything organized and offering staging ideas for scenes. Finally, it goes without saying that the show wouldn’t have been half as good without the patient and creative direction of Mr. Flam, who voluntarily teaches high school theater and somehow manages to outdo himself each year with the musical. This year was no exception. Congratulations to the incredibly talented cast and crew of 9 to 5!

MCAS Delayed Opening Schedule

Below is the MCAS delayed opening schedule for 3/27, 3/28 & 3/29.

Students in grade 10 report to school for testing at 7:35 am


Tuesday, March 27th
MCAS – ELA Composition (10th Grade)
Delayed Opening – 9th, 11th and 12th Grade
A2/B2/C2 (Yellow) 10:35 AM 11:01 AM
D2/E2 (Light Blue) 11:03 AM 11:29 AM
F2/G2 (Pink) 11:32 AM 11:58 PM
H2/I2 (Green – ELA/SS/Math) 12:01 PM 12:27 PM
H2/I2 (Green – Sci/FL/PA/PE/LC) 12:33 PM 12:59 PM
J2/K2/L2 (Dark Blue- ELA/SS/Math) 1:02 PM 1:27 PM
J2/K2/L2 (Dark Blue-Sci/FL/PA/PE/LC 1:30PM 1:56PM
M2/N2/O2 (Purple) 1:59 PM 2:25 PM


Wednesday, March 28th
MCAS – ELA Sessions 1 & 2 (10th Grade)
Delayed Opening – 9th, 11th and 12th Grade
A3/B3 (Yellow) 10:35 AM 10:55 AM
C3/D3/E3 (Light Blue) 10:58 AM 11:18 AM
F3/G3/H3 (Green – ELA/SS/Math) 11:21 AM 11:46 PM
F3/G3/H3 (Green – Sci/FL/PA/PE/LC) 11:49 PM 12:14 PM
I3/J3/K3 (Orange- ELA/SS/Math) 12:17 PM 12:37 PM
I3/J3/K3 (Orange- Sci/FL/PA/PE/LC) 12:40 PM 1:01PM
L3/M3 (Dark Blue) 1:04 PM 1:25 PM


Thursday, March 29th
MCAS – ELA Session 3 (10th Grade)
Delayed Opening – 9th, 11th and 12th Grade
A4/B4 (Yellow) 10:35 AM 11:05 AM
C4/D4/E4 (Pink) 11:08 AM 11:38 AM
F4/G4/H4 (Green – ELA/SS/Math) 11:41 AM 12:11 PM
F4/G4/H4 (Green – Sci/FL/PA/PE/LC) 12:14 PM 12:44 PM
I4/J4/K4/L4(Orange- ELA/SS/Math) 12:47 PM 1:17 PM
I4/J4/K4/L4(Orange- Sci/FL/PA/PE/LC) 1:20 PM 1:50 PM
M4/N4/O4 (Purple) 1:53 PM 2:25 PM


Class of 2018 Required Assembly, 3/28 @ 6:00 pm

THIS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28th 6:00 PM:  Required assembly for ALL seniors and their parent/guardian.

Seniors must attend with a parent or guardian in order to participate in senior activities.

Assembly begins at 6PM in the BHS Auditorium.

We look forward to seeing you there.

-BHS Administration



February 27, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians of the Class of 2018,

Welcome to the final stretch 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 2018 and their parents/guardians on Wednesday evening, March 28th, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the BHS Auditorium.  All members of the Class of 2018 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 across the US about the importance of making responsible decisions.  With the generous support of our Belmont High School PTSO, we have been able to have Cara speak to our students for the past several 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

This evening will afford us the opportunity to come together and communicate to our students just how important they truly are to us.

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to our students.



Mr. Dan Richards

Principal, Belmont High School

BHS Fire Alarm System and Drill, 3/26

March 26, 2018

Dear BHS Community,

I am writing to inform you that over the weekend part of the BHS fire alarm panel malfunctioned. The Belmont Fire department and the fire alarm company were immediately notified and were on site to assess the problem.  The service company began repairs and will continue the work throughout the day. To ensure everyone’s safety, a member of the fire department will be stationed in school today.

Unrelated to the fire alarm system, we will be conducting previously scheduled safety drill this morning around 9:00 am. The drill will not interfere with the repairs of the fire alarm system.

Please contact me if you have any questions.



Mr. Dan Richards


Supporting our Students

March 22, 2018

Dear Parents, Guardians, Faculty and Staff-

As our entire community looks forward to spring, we want to take a few moments to remind everyone that many of our students are feeling stressed this time of year. There are the ongoing daily demands of school, exams, papers, and for some standardized testing (SAT’s), the college application/acceptance process, or an upcoming job search. Many students are also facing family stressors in the form of emotional, financial, or health concerns. While there are many who are thriving in spite of possible stressors, there are those students who are struggling. We appreciate that staff is aware of many of these students and working closely with them.

We would like to remind staff, parents, and caregivers that each and every student at Belmont High School is important to us. We ask that you keep your ears and eyes open—to listen to students with empathy and notice any changes in behaviors. We encourage everyone in the community to take students’ stressors seriously. If the staff has concerns about a particular student, we encourage you to share those concerns with another staff member, with guidance, or with the school psychologists. Similarly, if a parent or caregiver has concerns we encourage you to contact the student’s guidance counselor, one of the school psychologists, your physician, or a mental health professional in the community. As we wait for spring, we would like to encourage everyone to continue to work together and support students as a community.

Thank you for your support.



Belmont High School Administration

Guidance Department

School Psychologist

BHS Two-Hour Delay for The Opening of School, 3/22

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff:

Due to the impending storm, the Belmont Public Schools will have a two-hour delay for the opening of school on Thursday, March 22.


School Start Times with a 2-hour Delay:

Belmont High School                      9:35

Chenery Middle School                 9:55

Burbank Elementary                       10:40

Butler Elementary                           10:40

Wellington Elementary                  10:40

Winn Brook Elementary                10:50


We will monitor the conditions of the storm overnight and if the conditions worsen we will make the decision to cancel early tomorrow morning. 

No call in the morning means the two-hour delay stays in place.



John P. Phelan

Superintendent of Schools

Belmont, Massachusetts


Belmont High School – 2 Hour Delay Schedule

Thursday, 3/22

2 Hour Delay

Yellow – A4/B4 9:35 AM 10:15 AM
Pink – C4/D4/E4 10:18 AM 10:58 AM
Green – F4/G4/H4 (ELA/SS/MATH) 11:01 AM 11:39 AM
Green – F4/G4/H4 (ALL OTHER CLASSES) 11:42 AM 12:18 PM
Orange – I4/J4/K4/L4 (ELA/SS/MATH) 12:21 PM 1:01 PM
Orange – I4/J4/ K4/L4 (ALL OTHER CLASSES) 1:04 PM 1:44 PM
Purple- M4/N4/O4 1:47 PM 2:25 PM