Friday, March 8, 2013
Schools open regular hours, no snow emergency as of noon, Friday.
If you bet over the predicted six inches of snow for Belmont, you won big as a storm predicted to be over at noon today, Friday, March 8, as heavy snow is now expected to continue until the afternoon and moderate amounts to occur overnight, according to the National Weather Service. Belmont and many municipalities are expected to see 10 to 14 inches of snow by Saturday morning as the region will continue under a Winter Storm Warning until this afternoon, said the latest report by the National Weather Service. In Belmont, main roads are covered with slush with most secondary roadways covered and slippery, according to Belmont Department of Public Works reports. Belmont School are scheduled to be dismissed at the regular times, according to…
Friday, December 14, 2012
A computer specialist who worked throughout the school system cheerfully assisting staff and students alike.
Dan Downey, an employee of the Belmont Public Schools, passed away suddenly on Dec 12. Downey, of Belmont, was 54. Dan was a computer specialist working throughout the school system cheerfully assisting staff and students alike. Downey was a man of many interests, collections and passions: he loved the paintings of Hokusai; Japanese netsuke; cactus and succulents – he was a member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of Massachusetts – digital photography especially of plants; salamanders of all sorts and owned several. He loved gems and minerals and had an extensive collection. He loved sumo wrestling and was a huge fan of such disparate music as Phillip Glass, Morrissey, the Throat Singers of Tuva and the Flaming Lips. He owned many …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Five things principals, educators, PTA members, parents and students need to know.
The school year is underway for Belmont Public Schools, and Belmont Patch will be there to cover all the big news. But we can’t do it without your help. To make sure you get the most out of Patch this school year, we invite you to get active in the news-gathering process. There are five things you can do to make sure your school and its students get all the coverage they deserve from Patch: You can also become a blogger and share your school's news directly with Patch readers on a regular basis. To find out more about using Patch this school year, just email email@example.com.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
New state standards will see more colored veggies, fruits, less corn and a hike in costs.
Did you eat your vegetables? Well, Belmont school children will, along with fruit, whole grains and whole wheat and less salt as the school district implements a state initiative to provide school children better meals, according the school's food guru. Before the School Committee's Tuesday meeting, April 24, Paul Browne, director of Belmont Public School's Food Services, spoke on the new state regulatory requirements all schools will implement in September. The new standards, bureaucratically titled "Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs," will, in short, will give students buying lunches, breakfasts at the High School or snacks "a lot of whole grains, whole wheat" more fruits and vegetables, said …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Preliminary look at schools shows a $509K gap to reach level-service gap.
One year ago, the word being used to describe the financial outlook of the Belmont Public Schools was "dire." The schools' budget gap – the difference between revenue in town coffers directed to schools and the amount needed to provide the same level of education as in the previous year – in January 2011 was more than $2 million, an amount that caused people to gasp when it was announced and result in the formation of a citizens group to rally residents behind adequate education funding. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the first meeting of the Belmont School Committee in the new year, the word associated with this year's budget shortfall is "do-able." In fact, the consensus of school and town officials is that they are confident that the difference …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Gift ideas for educators this holiday season that stay within Belmont Schools policy.
Gift giving has become more complicated over the years, particularly with rules in many workplaces that dictate what men can give women and visa versa. But if you’re a student in the Belmont Public Schools system, the only restriction on presents for school personnel is that they not exceed $49.99, according to district policy. So, if you want to let any favorite teachers know you’re thinking of them this holiday season, here are some ideas.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
The 37th annual Stringorama brought string players from throughout Belmont's schools.
Violins and violas and cellos and double basses. Oh my! The Belmont Public Schools Department of Fine & Performing Arts brought together this week to the Belmont High School auditorium just about every student who is studying a string instrument in the elementary, middle and high schools for the annual Stringorama, highlighting ensembles performing works The 37th annual event saw the youngest string players from third and fourth grades perform in front of a large audience of students and parents under the direction of Laura Messina, Saturday Morning Music School Orchestra Director. The 6th grade orchestra, conducted by Margot Reavey, the district-wide Orchestra Director, saw bassist Andrew Mazzone take the solo in “Walking Basses.” The …
Friday, July 15, 2011
Some changes to early release Wednesday and the end of the day.
The Belmont School Department has released its 2011 -2012 School Calendar. There are changes to the school day, including: The 2011-12 school year calendar results in an increase in instructional time for all students, at all levels, and an increased focus on the work of all professionals to improve learning outcomes for students in the Belmont Public Schools.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Current High School principal would add temporary superintendent position with current job.
There is one very familiar face among the two finalists seeking to step in and run the Belmont schools for a year. Current Belmont High School principal Michael Harvey is one of two candidates to become the district's interim superintendent as the Belmont School Committee searches for a full-time replacement for departing Dr. George Entwistle who is heading to lead the Scarborough, Maine schools. The other candidate is Dr. Thomas Kingston, the well-known superintendent of the Chelsea Public Schools. The two men were notified Wednesday, May 25, of the decision by the Interim Selection Committee which forward the two candidates names to the full committee. The educators were selected from a group of 10 that initially applied for the …