BHS Student March, 5/26

May 29, 2017

 

Dear Belmont Students, Parents, Guardians, Faculty, and Staff,

I am writing to inform you and provide clarity about the student march on Friday, May 26, 2017 around the pond at Belmont High School.

 

At 7:00am on May 26, one of our students brought to my attention that a racial comment was posted the night before on Snapchat by a student who does not attend Belmont High School. The post was discovered by a Belmont High School student who forwarded it to our school’s Black in Belmont student group, which mainly consists of African-American/Black students.

 

I then met with students representing Black in Belmont to gain a better understanding of the situation. They explained the details of the incident and shared with me the Snapchat post. Throughout the course of the discussion, the students shared their feelings about the incident and the need to continue the conversation with the school administration and other staff members to help process the situation and discuss how best to respond to it.

 

Throughout the better part of the day, the Belmont High School administrative team and a group of teachers met with students to process the incident and to strategize short and long-term proactive solutions. Together, we agreed that a clear message of solidarity was needed.  The message should clearly show unity and that derogatory messages and/or behavior of this nature are not tolerated by the Belmont High School community.  After much discussion, a voluntary student, faculty, staff, and community march around the pond was planned for that afternoon.

 

At 1:30 pm, members of the student body, faculty, staff, representatives of Belmont Against Racism and the Belmont Police Department gathered at the front of the school to hear an inspirational speech by a student member of the Black in Belmont group. The group walked in peaceful solidarity around the pond chanting slogans of unity. The march concluded at approximately 2:00 pm back at the school.

 

 

I am proud of our faculty, staff, community members, and especially our students who chose to react to a hateful and hurtful situation in a peaceful and productive manner. Their decision to come together and support our African-American/Black students by marching together with one voice, is a symbol of our strength, values, and steadfast commitment to equality.  I am continually impressed with the maturity, emotional strength, and positive spirit with which our students respond to such incidents which can only serve to undermine the inclusive culture at Belmont High School.  We remain committed to the important work that lies ahead of us to ensure that everyone is a welcomed, respected, and valued member of the Belmont High School community.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Daniel E. Richards

Principal

BHS Final Exam Schedule

 

Thursday, June 15th

8:00 – 9:30

Chinese 2, 2H, 3, 3H, 4, 4H

French 1, 2, 2H, 3, 3H, 4, 4H

Latin 1, 2, 2H, 3, 3H, 4H

Spanish 1, 2, 2H, 3, 3H, 4, 4H

 

12:00 – 1:30

English 9

English 9 H

English 10

English 10 H

English 11

English 11H

Transitional English

 

Friday, June 16th  

8:00 – 9:30

Chemistry

Chemistry H

Physics

Physics H

Biology

Biology H

 

12:00 – 1:30

American Studies

American Studies H

M. World History

M. World History H

World History

World History H

 

Monday, June 19th

8:00 – 9:30

Algebra 1

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 H

Pre-Algebra

Math

Geometry

Geometry H

Pre-Calc

Pre-Calc H

 

12:00 – 1:30

Pos Dec

Conflicts

 

Tuesday, June 20th

8:00 – 9:30

Conflicts

 

*A full exam schedule will be posted outside the main office.

*Last full day of classes is June 14th.

*Last day of the school year is June 21st.  It will be a ½ day.

 

BHS Student Government Elections

Nomination forms for Student Government elections are available in the main office and are due back by Friday, June 2nd at 2:30.

The following positions are open:

-Class Officers for upcoming Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

-5 Student Senators from each grade who address student concerns and advise the administration on student matters,

-5 Student Advisors to the School Committee, advises the School Committee on student matters, and

-2 representatives for the Greater Boston Regional Student Advisory Council  – a group of students who work with other students in the Boston area on a variety of projects dealing with issues such as environmentalism in schools, curriculum frameworks, MCAS testing and frameworks, and teacher evaluations.  This group meets monthly in Malden during the school day.

 

If you have any questions, please see Ms. McDevitt in the social studies department.

BHS 2017 Graduation

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Friends-

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in the 2017 Belmont High School’s Commencement Ceremony. Graduation is a time to recognize the hard work of our students over the past years and to celebrate their successes.

Please join us on Sunday, June 4th, 2017 at 3:00PM in the Wenner Field House.   Below are some quick facts referencing the celebration:

  • Graduates: 
    • Report to the upper gym no later than 2:00pm.
  • Tickets:
    • Tickets are not needed to attend graduation.
    • Graduation is open to the public.
  • Ceremony:
    • Commencement ceremony runs approximately 2 hours.
    • Doors open at 1:00PM.
    • Seating is on a first come first serve basis.
    • Seating for families and guests is available both on the floor and in the bleachers.
    • Mobility challenged and wheelchair seating is reserved on the lower level of the field house and on the first row of the bleachers. Sections will be clearly marked and student volunteers will be available to assist.
  • Parking:
    • Parking is limited so please arrive early.

We look forward to seeing you and celebrating the Belmont High School graduating Class of 2017.

Sincerely,

 

The Belmont High School Administration

BHS Promenade 2017

The Belmont High School

Promenade Tradition

May 19th, 2017

The Belmont High School Classes of 2017 and 2018 would like to invite the entire Belmont community, including parents, students, and senior citizens, to join us at Belmont High School on Friday, May 19th at 4:45 PM for a spring tradition: “Promenade 2017.”  This pre-prom reception will begin in the BHS Auditorium where students attending the prom will be on stage to show off their tuxedoes and prom dresses.  Please join us for picture taking (be sure to bring your camera) and socializing with old and new friends.  The activities at BHS will conclude with a send off for our students as they leave to attend the 2017 Junior-Senior Prom.  All are welcome!  We hope you can join us!

****Please keep in mind parking will be limited. Guest should consider parking on the side streets and arriving early*****

BHS Safety Drills, 5/17

May 15, 2017

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

As part of our district wide school safety protocols, we conducted our lockdown and evacuation drills today at Belmont High School.  The drills were effective in honing our skills in responding to a potential emergency during the school day.  The staff and students responded extremely well and I am very proud of all of them.  I encourage you to talk with your child about our safety drills today and what they learned.

Thank you for your support ensuring Belmont High School is a safe learning environment for our faculty, staff, and students.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.                           

 

Sincerely,

Daniel Richards

Principal    

BHS MCAS Delayed Opening Schedule

May 16 and 17  – Math MCAS for 10th graders

June 5 and 6 – Science MCAS for 9th graders

Please see below for delayed opening schedules.

 

Tuesday, May 16th

MCAS – Math Session 1 (10th Grade)

Delayed Opening – 9th, 11th and 12th Grade

A2/B2/C2 (Yellow)

10:35 AM

11:05 AM

D2/E2 (Light Blue)

11:08 AM

11:38 AM

F2/G2 (Pink)

11:41 AM

12:11 PM

H2/I2 (Green – ELA/SS/Math)

12:14 PM

12:44 PM

H2/I2 (Green – Sci/FL/FPA/PE/LC)

12:47 PM

1:17 PM

J2/K2/L2 (Dark Blue)

1:20 PM

1:50 PM

M2/N2/O2 (Purple)

1:53 PM

2:25 PM

 

Wednesday, May 17th

MCAS – Math Session 2 (10th Grade)

Delayed Opening – 9th, 11th and 12th Grade

A3/B3 (Yellow)

10:35 AM

11:00 AM

C3/D3/E3 (Light Blue)

11:05 AM

11:30 AM

F3/G3/H3 (Green – ELA/SS/Math)

11:35 AM

12:00 PM

F3/G3/H3 (Green – Sci/FL/FPA/PE/LC)

12:04 PM

12:29 PM

I3/J3/K3 (Orange)

12:33 PM

12:57 PM

L3/M3 (Dark Blue)

1:01 PM

1:25 PM

 

Monday, June 5th

MCAS – Science Session 1 (Grade 9)

Delayed Opening – 10th, 11th and 12th Grade

A1/B1/C1 (Yellow)

10:35 AM

11:05 AM

D1/E1 (Light Blue)

11:08 AM

11:38 AM

F1/G1/H1 (Pink)

11:41 AM

12:11 PM

I1/J1/K1 (Dk. Blue-ELA/SS/Math)

12:14 PM

12:44 PM

I1/J1/K1 (Dk. Blue-Sci/FL/FPA/PE/LC)

12:47 PM

1:17 PM

L1/M1 (Orange)

1:20 PM

1:50 PM

N1/O1 (Purple)

1:53 PM

2:25 PM

 

Tuesday, June 6th

MCAS – Science Session 2 (Grade 9)

Delayed Opening – 10th, 11th and 12th Grade

A2/B2/C2 (Yellow)

10:35 AM

11:05 AM

D2/E2 (Light Blue)

11:08 AM

11:38 AM

F2/G2 (Pink)

11:41 AM

12:11 PM

H2/I2 (Green- ELA/SS/Math)

12:14 PM

12:44 PM

H2/I2 (Green- Sci/FL/FPA/PE/LC)

12:47 PM

1:17 PM

J2/K2/L2 (Dark Blue)

1:20 PM

1:50 PM

M2/N2/O2 (Purple)

1:53 PM

2:25 PM

2017 Lillian Blacker Awards, 5/17

Blacker Awards Presented at BHS, May 17th, 2016

            The Belmont High School English Department will present the annual Lillian F. Blacker Prizes for Excellence in Writing on Wednesday evening, May 17th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Peter Holland Library at Belmont High School.  This year, we will honor seniors Ethan Lai, Lily Tromanhauser, and Calvin Reinhardt-Ertman for their outstanding writing.  Belmont residents are cordially invited to attend.

Family and friends established the Blacker Prizes over twenty years ago in memory of Lillian F. Blacker, a longtime Belmont resident who was very active in community affairs and was director of the Harvard Medical News Office.  She is remembered by the school and the community as a true lover of literature and language.

The Blacker Prizes are presented each year to three BHS seniors for outstanding writing ability on their senior theses.  Each senior reads, researches, and writes a lengthy thesis paper investigating a literary topic.  English faculty members determine the winners after an extensive reading process.

At the awards ceremony, the three Blacker Prize winners will read from their papers and discuss the evolution of their ideas.  A panel of seniors will discuss their topics and the senior thesis process.  Teachers, parents, administrators, and friends are invited.  Underclassmen are encouraged to attend the ceremony to learn more about the senior thesis process.  Refreshments will be served.

Contact: Lindsey Rinder, lrinder@belmont.k12.ma.us / 617 993-5945

 

BHS Student Named National Merit Scholar

BELMONT, MA – A Belmont High School student has been named a 2017 National Merit Scholar, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced this week. Yinuo Shi, selected from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists, will receive a $2,500 scholarship from the organization. Shi plans to pursue a career in medicine.
National Merit Scholarship winners are the students in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, according to an overview of the program. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

Winners were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors based on academic record, the difficulty level of the subjects studied, grades earned, scores from two standardized tests, contributions and leadership in school, community activities, an essay and a recommendation written by a high school official

By Alex Newman (Patch Staff) – May 13, 2017