February 21,  2020
Safety Drill Next Week
Monday, February 24th we will conduct a lockdown drill here on campus.  This type of emergency drill may be used when there is an active and/or violent threat on campus.  I don't want to presume the sensitivity our students may have to such a drill, so I wanted to let you know beforehand so that you can inform your son/daughter.   

Our faculty and staff have been trained on the procedures to be used and this drill will allow us to review our effectiveness while identifying any possible areas of need.  We have invited members of the City of Bellaire Police Department to be on-site as well. 
If you happen to visit campus during this time you will not be allowed into the building until the drill is complete.  However you may see an increased number of emergency vehicles along our perimeter, and thus even more reason for letting you know ahead of time. 

We thank you for your continued support.  
Report Cards
Report Cards for Cycle 4 were distributed through 2nd period classes today.  Please be sure to review these with your child and pay particular attention to whether or not they have unexcused absences as this could impact whether they receive credit at the end of the semester.  
Belles Win Big Time!
Congratulations to the Bellaire Belles as they won Super Sweepstakes in the HISD dance competition. #CardinalProud

JROTC Places First
Bellaire JROTC teams attended the Mardi Gras Drill & Skill meet in Galveston on Saturday, February 15th. Bellaire placed 1st overall, including 1st in Male & Female PT, Raiders, Armed Drill, Color Guard, Marksmanship, as well as 2nd in Unarmed Drill.  Congratulations  to everyone who participated and a huge thank you to our Team Commanders who made this victory possible: C/CSM Humberto Yaque, C/MSG Adrian Interiano, C/CPT Brandon Eng, C/1LT Jordan Koy, C/SFC Abiah Donaldson, and C/SSG Lelean Jahlul. Bellaire JROTC would like to dedicate their victory at this event to fallen Cadet Cesar Cortes, may he Rest in Peace.
Big Games this Weekend




Seniors Mid-Year Transcripts and Reports
Class of 2020 seniors: All transcript requests will be processed with your new updated midyear transcript and rank. Students that did not pick up a copy of their mid-year transcript may pick up a copy of this transcript next week in the registrar's office. Mid-year reports will also be sent to colleges that require them along with mid-year transcripts.
HOT Scholarship Opportunities
Marvy Finger Scholarship is open this is a full-ride scholarship for those interested in career and technical, community college pathways. The applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident who is a student in HISD. The student must have completed the FAFSA and qualify for free/reduced price lunch. The applicant must have achieved a minimum 2.0 GPA or 3.0 for Health Science programs. The deadline for this scholarship is February 28th.
 
Willbern Heritage Foundation Scholarship is open. The applicant must be a US Citizen or eligible who regularly work jobs outside of the school day and will be a full-time college student in the Fall of 2020. This award is only open to students who attend the following high schools: Bellaire, Lamar, Lee, Sharpstown, or Westbury. The deadline for this scholarship is March 27th.
 
Please don't forget to 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 the College Center learns about them.
 
Seniors
Don't forget to review the senior financial aid presentation and have a conversation with your family about college affordability. For an online version of the presentation, please visit HERE.
 
Check your EMAILS AND COLLEGE PORTALS regularly to make sure you aren't missing any admission or financial aid items. Don't forget to write down and save your usernames and passwords.
 
The last SAT for Seniors is March 14th. The deadline to register is February 14th.
 
Please share you Acceptances and Award Letters & Scholarships with the College Center. You can use the Google Forms to upload your Acceptances and Awards & Scholarships using the links below.
 
Acceptances:
 
Award Letters and Scholarships:
 
Juniors
Link your College Board Account with Khan Academy (through the HUB Digital Resources) to start practicing for the April 30th SAT.  
 
OneJump.org is a new, innovative website that matches students with summer programs, pre-college opportunities, and scholarships. The College Center loves this site for how it matches students with summer programs for involvement. 

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Statistics show that 1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. According to CrimeStoppers.org, Teen 

Dating Violence looks like:
Physical: Pinching, Hitting, Shoving, Slapping, Punching, Kicking, Throwing objects, Biting, Blocking you from leaving a room, Using a weapon, etc.
Psychological: Threatening to hurt themselves, you or others, Name calling, Shaming, Bullying, Put downs, Embarrassing on purpose, Keeping you away from friends and/or family, Trying to control what you do or wear, etc.
Sexual: Forcing you to engage in a sexual act when you don't consent, Kissing or touching you when you don't want it, Birth control sabotage, Coercion and/or spreading rumors if you refuse to have sex or persuading you to go further sexually, Leaving unwanted marks or hickies, Taking and/or distributing naked pictures of you without your permission, etc.
Electronic or Digital: Repeated texting and calling, Posting sexual pictures of you online, Posting lies about you, Demanding passwords, Checking your phone to see who you are communicating with, etc. Stalking: A pattern of harassing or threatening tactics that are unwanted and cause fear in the victim.

Parents should talk with their teens before they start dating. Discussions should include what a healthy relationship vs an unhealthy relationship looks like, also what to do if they are in a situation where they feel unsafe. Teens should feel comfortable talking with a parent or another trusted adult if they feel something is not right.
Remember treating each other with respect is key! Stay focused on your goals, if someone cares for you they will support you!

Cardinal Kickoff 2020
Future Cardinals were on campus Wednesday night and had the opportunity to experience Bellaire HS! We are excited for the Class of 2024 to join us in August! Information for incoming students can be found here.  #CardinalProud
Support Student Council
Head to Chick-fil-a this evening and a portion of your meal will be donated to the Bellaire High School Student Council! 
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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