December 6, 2019
Finals Schedule - First Semester
Chick-fil-A - Fuel Up 
During the 30 minute break between finals Monday - Wednesday the PTO will be selling Chick-fil-A. 

The 24-Hour Plays are coming!
Bellaire High School's Red Bird Productions presents
The 24-Hour Plays on December 7th at 6:30 in the Bellaire High School Auditorium
The 4th annual performance of The 24 Hour Plays at Bellaire High School arrives on the Bellaire stage! For one night only Bellaire's most talented stars will join forces to create ten brand new plays written, rehearsed and presented all within 24 hours. Ten playwrights, ten directors and an all-starline-up of Bellaire performers will present their work on stage. This is the 4th annual presentation of The 24 Hour Plays as a special fundraising event for Bellaire Theatre.
The 24 Hour Plays originated in New York in the mid-90s and are now an annual benefit on Broadway, as well as at the Old Vic in London, Chicago, Athens and around the world. The show is presented under a license and with the participation of The 24 Hour Company, New York, NY and is produced by Allison Underhill, Kayla Boffone, and Rachel Ollagnon as a fundraising event for Bellaire High School Theatre. Tickets are $10 each and all donations are accepted!
Project Santa
Project Santa is Saturday, December 7th. Bellaire Student Council partners with Texas Children's Hospital Physicians to provide holiday gifts, games and food to families that TCH has identified as in need. Over 50 clubs at BHS have adopted families and are providing gifts from children's wishlist for Santa to deliver. Clubs will also be present during a Holiday Fair to run games and craft activities. 


Bellaire Baseball and NHS Toy Drive
Bellaire  Baseball and NHS are conducting a Toy Drive at Bellaire.   Donation boxes are in the Bellaire  Baseball  Office and the Library. 
STAAR Retesting
STAAR Retesting will be taking place next week, December 11th  - 13th
STAAR Retesting Schedule:
Tuesday, December 10th = English 1
Wednesday, December 11th = Algebra 1, Biology, & U.S. History
Thursday, December 12th = English 2
Friday, December 13th = Make-up exams
Questions about retesting should be directed to Ms. Mulet.
Bellaire Chinese Club
Bellaire Chinese Club service project at senior home performing and talking with senior citizens. The officers and members of the Bellaire Chinese Club were involved in their community by serving in Autumn Leaves in the Bellaire area. They played instruments, preformed dances, and passed time with the senior citizens sharing Chinese culture and many talents.

Thanksgiving at Luby's
On November 21, 2019 Coach Upton SLL Class had a Thanksgiving Feast at Luby's Cafeteria.  The Scholars were able to select healthy food choices as they celebrated the holiday. The Scholars stated that they were grateful for the positive energy at Bellaire High School.  GO CARDINALS!
 
Please don't forget that financial aid is first come, first serve. Please get your FAFSA/TASFA/CSS Profile submitted to your colleges, as soon as possible to be considered for the most aid. If you need help with TASFA, a financial aid document for non-US citizens for Texas student aid, please plan to visit the College Center on Tuesday. If you need help with the FAFSA, a financial aid document for US citizen applying for federal money, please visit the College Center on Friday. The deadline for FAFSA/TASFA is January 15th.
 
Need money to pay for college?  Check Cash4Cards: Scholarship Listing. This is a one stop shop to find the most recent scholarship opportunities and their criteria. This is a living document, so it is CONSTANTLY updated with new scholarships as we learn about them. For more, please visit  tinyurl.com/Cash4Cards.
 
Sophomores-
The EMERGE application is currently open to students in the class of 2022! This is an amazing program that links under represented students with top tier college options, resources, and one-one-one personal help. For more information, contact Mr. Joe Moon at  Joe.Moon@houstonisd.org .
 
 
Saturday, December 7th from 9 AM - 1 PM HISD will be hosting the annual DREAM Summit, a day of college exploration for HISD students born outside the U.S. All HISD DREAMers, DACA recipients, visa holders, permanent residents, refugees, and asylum grantees along with their parents are cordially invited to attend this important event to learn how to successfully complete your college applications, apply for financial aid, and how to make the most of your college experience. For more information, contact Mr. Luis Vides at lvides@houstonisd.org.  
Vaping Prevention Week is 
December 16-20 in HISD! 
There is an emerging trend of vaping (e-cigarette use) among stu-dents who think it is a safer alternative to  
smoking cigarettes. There are many issues with this assumption. Here are two major points to keep in mind:  
* Nicotine is a highly addictive habit! It changes the brain, especial-ly when the onset of use is during adolescence, a critical window for brain growth and de-velopment. E-cigarettes and JUUL have been purposely marketed to a young audience who could become addicted at an early age. The goal for the e-cigarette companies is for the consumer to NEED their products for a lifetime. $$$$  

* Vaporized Nicotine is a different danger and we do not have adequate research regarding how it effects our body over time. When using e-cigarettes, nicotine toxicity, formaldehyde and a vast array of new carcinogens go straight into the lungs. These chemicals' small size allow them to penetrate the body more deeply making them especially toxic. This can damage the cilia lining the lungs, increase the risk of asthma and COPD. Because of the highly concentrated form of nicotine, teens are getting "nic sick," experiencing nausea, headaches, lightheadedness, and vomiting. Hospitals are seeing an increase in seizures and other serious neurological symptoms, lungs collapsing, and nicotine toxicity. Scientists are beginning to believe it may be worse than cigarettes for overall health risks!  

These health issues are preventable by abstaining from the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products. #SayNoToVaping  

For more information, check out the documentary, "Broken" on Netflix, episode titled, "Big Vape." It shows how vaping and JUUL had their start and how it is growing to be a public health concern.  

We highly encourage parents to speak to your student about the temptation to try a vaping product.

Read the 101 of e-Cigerattes published by The American Heart Association. 
Food Drive For The Houston Food Bank
The Italian National Honor Society and Leo Club are joining forces this Fall to collect cans for the Houston Food Bank.

This is always a very successful food drive and every year the school collaborates in a friendly competition to win our final prize: Tasty Italian Tiramis├╣!

Just like in the past, the teacher who collects the most food will receive a dessert for her/his classes!

The INHS and Leo Club members are distributing the collection boxes right now.

The Food Drive will continue until December 12, 2019.

We are extremely #CardinalProud of our school showing its spirit by caring for others.
School Choice Applications
The New School Choice Magnet and Choice transfer Online Application became available for Parents and Guardians on September 27, 2019 at  https://hisdchoice.com/login  

P arents/Guardians are able to submit multiple Magnet and Choice transfer applications on the same computerized system this application process year. School Choice paper applications are available via our School Choice website or by visiting the school of their choice. 

For schools to inform parents and the school community of the School Choice application deadline dates and new changes, the Office of School Choice is requesting that schools announce on their school marquees that Phase I for HISD School Choice Applications will be from September 27, 2019 until December 6, 2019. The last day for HISD students to submit a School Choice Application will be February 28, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year.

If further assistance is needed, please contact the Office of School Choice- Student Transfers Department at 713-556-6734 or email us at  Studenttransfer@houstonisd.org
Three Penny Press
Spotlight from their Online Publication
The Responsibilities of a Club President
Abel George, Photographer
|December 3, 2019
Meetings, dealing with administration,  working late to finish projects, booking events and speakers can seem like the duties of a well paid IBM manager; however, these are the duties of your average club president. Are they masochists?   Well, not entirely.  Read more here

eMotions Fall Show amazes
Madelyn Lewis, Reporter |
December 2, 2019

On Friday, Nov 22, eMotions Dance Company performed their annual fall show in the auditorium. There was a full house of stunned students and proud parents and family cheering the dancers on. eMotions' Hip Hop, Modern, Breakdance, and Popping groups performed dances all choreographed by students. Read more  here. 
Keep an Eye on Bellaire's Website & Calendar
Additional events and information can be found on the homepage of our website.  Please check our calendar as events, performances and games are added and updated on a regular basis. 
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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