Monday, May 13, 2013
Now in its second decade, Make a Statement Day has nearly 600 take part.
On Friday, April 26, more than 600 Belmont High School students, staff and teachers wore white T-shirts to school that they had decorated the afternoon before with statistics, quotes, jokes, thought-provoking questions, sayings; whatever message they would like to share during the 10th annual Make A Statement Day at the High School. The goal of the event is to promote diversity, tolerance, and understanding, to erase prejudices through “statements” made by each individual student, and to have fun doing it! The hope was that if every member of the Belmont High School community was given the opportunity to share what they are passionate about, they would rise to the occasion and educate others on their opinion in this fun and creative way. …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Home losses pushes record below .500.
A pair of losses at Harris Field has Belmont High School's Girls' Lacrosse team battling to stay above the .500 level that would secure the team a return to the playoffs for the third year running. Against a defensive-strong Lexington High School led by goalie Sara Lehman on Friday, May 3, Belmont's sophomore standout goaltender Linda Herlihy kept the team in the second half with numerous solo saves. Trailing 7-5 early in the second, the Marauder's leading scorer, senior Katie Leinbach (who finished the game with four goals) took over by not just winning consecutive face-offs but scoring goals while holding possession. But after saving two shots – both hitting the post – a goal by Fiona Fitzgerald with 11:40 remaining in the game led to …
Votes "no" on transferring school land to library project, town loses $7.5 million grant on $18.5 million proposal.
By a 5-0 margin with one abstention, the Belmont School Committee effectively killed the proposed $18.5 million town library project by voting not to transfer a portion of a playing field at Belmont High School that would have become the site of a new Belmont Public Library. The vote requires the town to return a $7.5 million state grant the Belmont Board of Library Trustees received last year. What at times was an emotional meeting before approximately 40 residents, the School Committee members expressed reluctance to end nearly three years of active work by the Belmont Board of Library Trustees to construct a new 42,000 square foot library across Concord Avenue from the present site. But as a tearful Pascha Griffiths noted just before …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Both the Chenery Middle School and High School ensembles will perform tonight.
The Belmont School District's Department of Fine & Performing Arts is presenting its annual Jazz Night tonight, Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Belmont High School auditorium. Sponsored by the Belmont Savings Bank, the evening will feature performances by the High School and Chenery Middle School jazz ensembles, directed by Arto Asadoorian and Sharon Phipps, respectively. The audience can look forward to hearing a wide variety of selections spanning decades of jazz history; from the early swing sounds of Benny Goodman, to 1950s bebop, to contemporary jazz, Latin and funk. Special guest artist, Walt Bostian – who is currently performing with one of Broadway in Boston’s musicals and is one of the most sought-after trombonists in the Boston …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Double digits after two propels Marauders over the .500 mark.
Three runs in the first and eight in the second allowed Belmont High School Baseball's nine to an easy 12-1 victory over visiting Melrose High Red Raiders on Friday, May 3, at Brandon Grant Field in Belmont. The win brings Head Coach Jim Brown's team over the .500 mark at 6-5 while Melrose fell just below the tournament line at 5-6. The afternoon started on a perfect note as the Marauders first three batters singled and scored on Marauders' clean-up hitter and pitcher Mike Richardson's double which cleared the bases. Belmont scored their eight in the second all with one out on three doubles, two singles, two walks and a hit by pitch. Freshman standout Chris Bartells (double and single), Brian Coutts (pair of singles), Branden Shea (two …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Performances are tonight and Saturday, May 4, at the Chenery Middle School.
On February 4, the stage at Belmont's Chenery Middle School was empty and the approximately 120 students were about to have "Mr. Haywood" tell them about a musical they were "hoping" to stage. After four and five rehearsals a week that involved countless hours of learning songs, acting and remembering dance routines, this week those same students are back on the stage, now as an ensemble ready to perform the classic musical, "Once Upon a Mattress." The final two productions of the Mary Rogers adaptation of the fairy tale will take place tonight, Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, also at 7 p.m. at the Chenery Middle School's auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and can be purchased at the door or online. "…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Modernized design wins out to be Belmont High's mascot.
Meet the "new" Marauder. According to Belmont High School Principal, Dan Richards, the Belmont faculty, staff, students, and coaches voted since last week on a new Belmont High School logo. "It was a close race between the traditional and the more contemporary Marauder but in the long run, the contemporary look won," he said today, Wednesday, May 1. Richards has been working with a company to create an on-line store for the school. Part of the package of services offers the school is to revisit the current logo and provide other renditions of the mascot.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Above .500 in Middlesex League.
Four goals by senior center Katie Leinbach and three each from Lizzie Frick and Sophia Eisenbach-Smith along with another solid game by the ever-improving Linda Herlihy in goal sent Belmont High School Girls' Lacrosse team to its fourth league win (4-3) as the Marauders defeated Wilmington High School, 17-11, on Friday, April 26 at Belmont's Harris Field.
Friday, April 26, 2013
A challenge met by Middle Schoolers in Belmont.
Upon returning to school on Monday morning of this week, seventh grade students in Mr. Semuels’ World Geography class, spied something new in their classroom. Moved to help the victims of the Marathon Bombings, Semuels had placed a One Fund Boston jar on his desk and invited the students to make a contribution, if they so desired. On Wednesday afternoon, eight of his students decided to try their hand at fund raising for the One Fund Boston jar via a lemonade stand. “We saw the powdered lemonade mix on the shelf in my kitchen,” explained Alison Sawyer, “and the idea just came to us. We could set up a stand and donate all the proceeds to Semuels’ One Fund Boston jar.” The seventh graders got busy mixing lemonade, finding materials for a …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Superintendent lowers caution level of next year's school budget from "dire" to "constrained."
What was suppose to be a Belmont School Committee meeting Tuesday, April 23, to discuss "B" increasingly turned to talking about "O." That would be "B" for budget and "O" – the letter which one meeting participant used rather than speak out loud what they were thinking – as in override. The meeting in which the school committee voted to accept the latest variation of the coming fiscal-year budget – after an increase in state aid to Belmont in the legislatures budget and an infusion of money from town accounts will reduce the number of teacher position cuts by half – concerns voiced by parents with youngsters at the Wellington Elementary School moved the discussion on how to secure funds to keep teaching aids slated to be eliminated for …