April 24, 2020
Distance Learning - Bellaire@Home

We are committed to continuing our practice of strong communication each week.  We have created a specific web page for parents that will hopefully serve as a one-stop-shop in terms of resources and responses to questions and concerns.  Included on that web page is our daily schedule, log-in information for all of our platforms, contact tech support form and even more. It's a great site to visit weekly for important updates.  You can access DistanceLearningBHS here

Next Week's Distance Learning Schedule
Course & Grading Information for Cycle 6
Mr. McDonough conveys more information regarding Cycle 6 grades for Spring 2020 as well as expectations for students during these final five weeks of distance learning. Click here to watch the update. #BHSLearn

Updated FAQ for Students and Families
The FAQ that was created following Bellaire's Community Live Meeting has been updated with information for students and families.  Effort is made to update the FAQ each Friday afternoon so it is a reliable document for information.  Current updates include information on grading guidelines, STAAR exemptions, AP exams, and more. The FAQ can be accessed here
Morning Announcements with Mr. McDonough
Tune in every day at 8am and watch the daily announcements with Mr. McDonough. You can subscribe to the Channel here. Links are also posted daily to the announcements on Twitter and on our website.  If you have a question for Mr. McDonough you can ask that here.  This morning's episode includes a 2nd installment in a series of Shout Outs from our staff to the kids as we dearly miss them.  

Cheer Tryouts

All Cheer Applications should be emailed directly to Coach Perez at RPerez2@houstonisd.org by 11:59pm on Friday, 4/24. Video submission details will come via text & email to all applicants.  Tryout videos are to be due by Friday, May 1st.  Applications can be accessed here


Red Bird Production Company Auditions
Students who are new to Bellaire, incoming freshmen, and students new to Red Bird Productions (currently at Bellaire) can audition for a Red Bird Production Company Class for the 2020-2021 school year. Please see the attached instructions to submit your video audition . Click here for more info. 


Student Council - Teacher Appreciation 
Introducing Teacher Appreciation!! Our teachers have done so much to adapt their teaching during this unprecedented time. Submit a video/note of thanks and we will make sure it gets to them. A thank you goes a long way! Hopefully, we can make the days of our teachers a little brighter. Click here to submit your video or note. Please get it in by April 25th 


Tech Support
Contact Tech Support through  this link Please provide accurate contact information so that Mr. Scarrow or Mr. Paniagua can get in touch with you to help.  We want to give a HUGE shout-out to these two gentlemen for their work providing drive up tech pick up and support over the last three weeks.  Tech support will be offered over the phone and through email moving forward.  If you put in a help ticket, please be prepared to check the email address that you provide and/or answer your phone between 9am-12pm. 
 

Applications are Open for Cardinal Crew Leaders
Are You a Leader? Apply to be on the Cardinal Crew and lead incoming freshmen. Being a Crew Leader allows you to connect and lead freshmen as they begin their high school journey.  Serving as a crew leader is an honor and a lot of fun. 

Current sophomores and juniors are encouraged to submit an application. We need  good role models for incoming freshmen and this is a great way to gain leadership experience.   Click here  to apply.


Bird Keepers & Booster Club Applicants
If you applied to be a Bird Keeper or on Booster Club, please complete this form.  We will be hosting a meeting next week to share information about campaigning and elections. Click here to give us your contact information.   *Please note that applications are no longer being accepted, this form is only for students that have already submitted an application. 
Bellaire Film Festival
Bellaire Film Festival is going digital!  Email any questions to bhsfilmfest@gmail.com for more info!

Film
Films will be streamed through Teams April 30th.




AP EXAMS
AP exams will be offered completely online this year. We are very excited about this!  Students can use tablets, PowerUp laptops, cell phones, or even submit their written responses via picture taken on their cell phone. The College Board released updated information earlier this week and it's available on their website College Board. We are aiming for a more personal update next week.  

Currently the College Board is streaming lessons from veteran AP teachers. The lessons will be complete with assignments and resources to prepare the students for their exams. To access the live and on-demand classes in 32 subjects, students can visit  https://www.youtube.com/advancedplacement . See  College Board COVID site  for up to date information. If a student wishes to cancel an exam or has questions about AP testing, please email Allen Scarrow.

Incoming 9th Grade Course Selection - Help Spread the Word!
We invite 8th grade students to join us Wednesday, May 6, at 4 pm for a live presentation through Microsoft TEAMS for our incoming 9 th grade students.  The link to join the May 6 Live session is https://bit.ly/CourseSelectionBHS .  If the link is accessed through a computer nothing needs to be downloaded. If a family is joining by mobile phone they will need to download the TEAMS app. 

This presentation will provide an opportunity for students and parents to learn about the process of how to choose courses and submit the course selection form. They will also be able to present questions through an online chat.  If students are not able to watch the live presentation, the recording will be posted on the Bellaire website. 

Prior to the live session, we encourage families to look over the following resources: 


 

FAQ for Incoming 9th Graders

Course Level Guide

Career Technology Elective Course Guide


We can't wait for our the Class of 2024 to be on our campus! #CardinalProud
HISD Virtual Town Hall
On Tuesday, April 28, the Houston Independent School District will broadcast a virtual town hall meeting to assist students pursuing postsecondary education options during the COVID-19 crisis.
The virtual town hall, which will air in English and Spanish, will include opening remarks from HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan and feature panelists with expertise in the areas of:
  • College Admissions
  • Scholarships & Financial Aid (FAFSA/TASFA)
  • Testing Requirements (SAT, ACT, and TSI)
  • Enrollment Tasks (New Student Orientation, Bacterial Meningitis Shots, testing, final transcripts, etc.)
Read more here
Virtual Student Internships with HISD
In response to the unique challenges presented by COVID-19, the Houston Independent School District is excited to announce that 100 interns will be hired to tutor students remotely.
The HISD Virtual Student Leadership Program will offer online instruction and lessons to students in need, delivered by student interns. To promote social distancing and properly plan, the focus of HISD's Summer Student Leadership Program has been shifted from in-person internships within departments to online virtual tutoring services.
More details about the application process can be found at  HoustonISD.org/Intern.

Maple Street Journal
The Maple Street Journal is still accepting submissions until April 30th! 
Share your photography, art, and writing for a chance to be published! https://forms.gle/799QFoWbnQiRgecb9 
HISD Food Distribution
 
The Houston Independent School District is partnering with the Houston Food Bank to organize a second mass food distribution site on Saturday, April 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. at NRG Stadium. Next week's distribution schedule is also included in the link.

Click here for more information and distribution sites.


Seniors
Seniors we want to shine the SPOTLIGHT on YOU! Share a picture and your plans after graduation. We will use a random picker to select Seniors to Spotlight on social media. We will do our best to post as many as we can. Submit your information and picture here.
Senior Class FAQ
Answers to questions asked during Mr. McDonough's Senior Class meeting April 9th. Click here to access it.

Message from the Registrar - IMPORTANT
Class of 2020,
 
I hope you are staying safe and 6 feet apart!!! I have a few VERY important messages for completing your final semester of high school and graduating.
 
  1. Be sure you have connected with your teachers and counselor so you are aware of what you need to do to graduate and complete the year!!
  2. You DO NOT need to request final transcripts at this time. Final Transcripts will not be ready until after graduation.  
We will send out a message to announce when you should start requesting your final transcripts.
  1. It is imperative that you have listed in Naviance all the colleges for which you have applied!
If you have not added your colleges in Naviance please do so ASAP.
If this is not complete we cannot process your final paperwork after graduation. 
EVERYONE should log in and update their Naviance account.

If you need help, please reach out to Mr. Lee in the College Center or Ms. Brevard or Ms. Davila, in the Registrar's office. 
 
My Best,
Brandi Brevard
BHS Registrar


Graduation Survey - Your Voice Counts
In light of the current social distancing restrictions due to COVID-19, the Houston Independent School District is exploring alternative plans for Spring 2020 graduation ceremonies, should that need arise. As a graduating senior or parent of a graduating senior, we would like your input. Please complete the survey below to provide your feedback on a virtual, postponed or alternate graduation ceremony plan. Click here


Alumni Scholarships
The Alumni & Friends of Bellaire High School is accepting scholarship applications. Apply today!


2020 Senior Scholarship Application

It Takes A Village...
"Bellaire Share" is new this year. Please help us collect important information and get student and staff accomplishments out to our school community.  Share with us Bellaire HS activities and student achievements. You can upload your pictures of any event easily. Together we can accomplish a lot. You can submit information anytime on the homepage on the right side of the page or bookmark this link.
Join the PTO
Please consider joining the Bellaire PTO.  The PTO's Commitment to Learn Campaign is about to launch.  Funds donated to the PTO go directly to support students and learning at Bellaire High School.  There is no doubt that family involvement at Bellaire makes us a stronger school.  Join the PTO online here!

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