Monday, February 29, 2016

Boy's Basketball Game

Belmont High School Parents:

Belmont Boys Basketball has a home playoff game tomorrow night (3/1) at 7:00 p.m. here at BHS.  Fans, please wear WHITE so we can have a white out!!!!  Let's pack the gym!

Angela Conway
BHS Office
267-6525 (x1300)

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Student bulletin






SADD:  Students Against Deadly Decisions please swing by Mr. Hess's room, 216, during the second half of Power Hour or at the end of the day to pick up Media Power Youth permission slips.


Leprechaun Leap 5k Sat. March 19 in Belmont

St. Patrick's Day is less than a month away, and we've got the perfect 5k to get you out of the house.  Enjoy a nice, brisk walk or a competitive run while you envision the first signs of spring.  On Saturday, March 19 at 10 am, runners and walkers of all ages will be participating in the 4th Annual Lakes Region Leprechaun Leap 5k in Belmont. The event is held as a fun way to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday and to promote a healthy lifestyle in the Lakes Region.  Commemorative fleece headbands will be given to the first 50 pre-registrations that are received at Belmont Town Hall by Tuesday, March 15.  Entry fee for pre-registrations, as well as day-of event registrations, is only $10. 


Junior Ladies:  Attention ladies of the junior class. The American Legion Auxiliary Dept. of NH will be holding their 72nd session of Granite Girls State from June 26th-July 1st, 2016, at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, NH.  This is an affordable educational program for girls completing their junior year of high school.  The only cost is a non-refundable $50.00 application fee. For an application and more details on this program see guidance or the guidance website at




Boy's LacrosseThere will be open gym for boy's lacrosse every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. until further notice.




Seniors:  Seniors, we have 22 scholarship opportunities in the guidance office. You can check them out and apply for most of them through the guidance scholarship website at WATCH your DEADLINES!!  Most will have deadlines that expire by the end of April. Make good use of your vacation week and work on getting some FREE MONEY!!!!! for college.


Seniors, scholarships are arriving in the guidance office almost daily! Many new ones include Skrungloo Farm, Hood Good Sportsmanship, New England Newspapers (Journalism scholarship), Maurice Fortin Memorial, Nursing Schools Alamanc and Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation!! These scholarships are TIME SENSITIVE!! Please check the guidance website at for information on all the scholarships available at this time. 


SENIORS…Please stop by the School Counseling Office on 3/24 to learn more about post-secondary options at Lakes Region Community College!  Application assistance will be available as well as assistance with program selection!  Sign up today!   



On March 8th, BHS will host a Winnipesaukee Muskrats DAY!  Students interested in a summer internship with them will be able to sign up and learn more about the various career related opportunities.  LRCC Application

DAYS - February 11th & March 24th


Summer College Sessions and Camp Opportunities are now being offered to high school students.  If you are interested in learning more about them, stop by the School Counseling Office to pick up flyers and brochures.  Some opportunities have a March application deadline – so act fast!


Job/Internship Opportunities:


1.  Dairy Queen is now hiring for the season. Applications can be picked up in Guidance or found on-line.    

2.  Winnipesaukee Muskrats Internships for Marketing, Public Relations, IT/Video Productions, Food & Beverage

3.  Canterbury Kids Learning Center is looking for an afternoon assistant, few days a week.  Please call 783-4370 if

           interested and enjoy working with children!  

4.  Check out local internship opportunities on:

5.  Explore career opportunities on:


Juniors:  Our 2016 Destination College event will be held at Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Registration for this free college planning event for high school juniors and parents is open now! You must pre-register to attend!! To do this, please go to

Daily bulletin

Attached is today's daily bulletin for your review.  I hope you had a great February Vacation!


Angela Conway
BHS Office
267-6525 (x1300)

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Fwd: Parent voices in accreditation

BHS Parents

Please see below, letter from Mr. Clary.

Thank you
Louise Pridham
Secretary, Belmont High School
603-267-6525 Ext 1305

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From: Dan Clary <>
Date: Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 11:31 AM
Subject: Fwd: Parent voices in accreditation
To: Louise Pridham <>

Dear Belmont High School Parents,

  I wanted to give this information to you in hopes of gaining some interest on the part of some parents to possibly join us on May 15, as we welcome the NEASC visiting committee to our high school. That Sunday will be the start of the the four day that NEASC will visit us and study the school to decide on continuing our accreditation. 

If you are interested on being on a panel that will answer question from the visiting committee on Sunday afternoon, May 15th, please email me at

We are looking for parents that have students in each of our four grades to give the committee a comprehensive view of what the school has offered their children.

Many thanks,

Dan Clary
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From: NEASC | New England Association of Schools & Colleges <>
Date: Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 2:09 PM
Subject: Parent voices in accreditation

Partnering for school improvement.
Commission on Public Schools
February 2016
NEASC Member Spotlight
Public Schools in the news:
February is Career and Technical Month

Mark your calendars
Education activities and events to note

General CPS info, contacts, comments

The importance of parent voices in accreditation

Dear colleagues:

Last fall, The New York Times reported that Mayor William DeBlasio's administration was spending $1 million to survey and train parents in struggling New York City schools to become more engaged in their children's education as part of an effort to improve student performance and attendance [1]. New York City had discovered what NEASC has always known: that having an active parent community is enormously valuable to student success and high quality education. 

In fact, parent involvement in a school is one of the guiding indicators which helps NEASC evaluators assess the strength of a school's community resources for learning. As stated by the Committee on Public Secondary Schools (CPSS) Accreditation Standard #7, "The achievement of the school's 21st century learning expectations requires active community, governing board, and parent advocacy." Schools are encouraged to "actively engage parents and families as partners in each student's education and reach out specifically to those families who have been less connected with the school." Please refer to Standard 7, Indicator 7 on the NEASC website.

Parent voices are critically important throughout the Accreditation process, particularly during the school's reflective Self-Study period at the beginning of the 10-year Accreditation cycle. During this phase, the entire school community - students, professional staff, and parents - are invited to participate in a set of surveys developed by the Endicott College Research Center which measure conditions that impact the dynamics of the school community and school performance. Parents are asked to respond to questions about everything from the methods their child's teacher uses in the classroom, to available technology, to health and support services. The survey also asks parents to reflect on the importance of education in their community and to consider their child's relationships in the school. You can read the survey here.

In addition to the Endicott survey, parents are often invited by the school principal to participate on Standards Committees formed for the Self-Study. These committees conduct comprehensive, evidence-based assessments to determine whether the school is in alignment with the accreditation standards. Similarly, during the on-site visit by the team of NEASC-trained volunteers who review the school's Self-Study report, parents are interviewed along with other members of the school community to further validate the evidence provided for the evaluation.

Like everyone involved in accreditation, parents work very hard to build a consensus for every conclusion that is drawn about the quality of education in the school. Their voices are critical to the pursuit of sustained excellence in education.

Best Regards,


George H. Edwards,
Director, Commission on Public Schools
[1] Read the NY Times Article, "A Door-to-Door Push to Get Parents Involved at Struggling Schools," Sept 2015.
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A parent's perspective on the accreditation process

Lydia Abu Rahmeh, Parent of 9th Grader
RHAM High School - Hebron, CT


 "The NEASC standards and accreditation process helps keep schools focused on what's best for the kids."

"Being involved in the accreditation process as a parent made high school less of a black hole for me, because I could see it from the inside," says Lydia Abu Rahmeh, a Connecticut parent whose son is a ninth-grader at RHAM High School, a NEASC-accredited school in Hebron, CT. In 2015, Lydia served on one of the school's accreditation self-study committees, an experience that she says she appreciates. "Getting to know the school staff and witnessing their dedication to kids, depth of knowledge and sense of humor made me feel really confident in my son's education," Lydia says.

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Welcome our new Associate Director

Bill Wehrli joins the Committee on Public Secondary Schools

The Commission on Public Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Wehrli as Associate Director for the Committee on Public Secondary Schools. Bill comes to the Commission with over 25 years of experience working in public schools. After starting his career as an English and Social Studies teacher in comprehensive high schools and programs for at-risk students in California, Bill returned to New England and worked for 10 years as an assistant principal and interim principal at Amherst Regional High School in Amherst, MA. Most recently he served for 8 years as principal of Pioneer Valley Regional School in Northfield, MA. In each school he led the process of accreditation and has a strong commitment to using the standards and process to focus on school improvement. He earned his bachelor's degree in American Studies from Wesleyan University, and his master's degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University. The entire staff at NEASC welcomes Bill.

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The CPS staff will be exhibiting at ignite'16 this year.
Stop by booth #807 and say hi!

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Enriching Students will be holding their first Summit on April 15th in Portsmouth, NH. Successful models for providing personalized learning opportunities at the secondary level will be discussed.

Presenters from NEASC member schools will be featured:
  • Brian Pickering - Principal - ConVal High School, Peterborough, NH
  • Brian Stack - Principal - Sanborn Regional High School, Kingston, NH
  • Justin Brown - Assistant Principal - Colchester High School, Colchester, VT
  • Noble High School - North Berwick ME
To learn more, visit:
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NEASC Member Spotlight

February is Career and Technical Education Month

CTE Month® is a public awareness campaign that the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) holds each February to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. The 2016 theme is "Opportunities for Career Success".  #ctemonth

Read about some of our member school's CTE Month activities: 

  • Maine: Maine's career and technical education schools and educators of applied technology and workforce development are being recognized during the month of February.
  • Connecticut: ACTE visits the A.I. Prince Technical High School in Hartford, CT.
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Mark your calendars...

Education activities and events to note:


March 2

Read Across America Day / Dr. Seuss's Birthday
presented by the National Education Association (NEA)

March 4-5

National Day of Unplugging

March 6-12

Teen Tech Week
presented by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

March 16

Freedom of Information Day
presented by the American Library Association (ALA)


Evaluation Seminars, Committee on Public Secondary Schools
for schools who will host visiting committees in the next six months

  • April 8, 2016 - University High School of Science, Hartford, CT
  • April 11, 2016 - Old Orchard Beach High School, Old Orchard Beach, ME
  • April 12, 2016 - NEASC Office, Burlington, MA
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Upcoming accreditation
workshops & seminars

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131st NEASC Annual Meeting
and Conference

December 7-9, 2016
ideas & comments

Your feedback is important to us.
Review the Pilot Guiding Principles for a New Self-Assessment Process

Send all comments to
 George Edwards, Director, CPS

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What and who would you like to read about in future news from CPS?
New to NEASC? Learn more about accreditation at
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NEASC Commission on Public Schools

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View the CPS Staff Lists:
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