March 13, 2020
School Closure & Future Updates
 
HISD has made the decision to close all schools and offices through March 30th. All UIL and school events scheduled during that time period have been canceled. As we learn more information we will communicate it through our normal channels. Please also check the HISD Health Alerts WebpageClick here to read the latest message from Interim Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan. 

We will be sharing any updates in a timely manner as information is confirmed and shared with us.  We will continue to post and push information to all of our families through our regular communications channels. Click here to read more about receiving information from Bellaire High School. 

We will work closely with the HISD in developing a plan that supports our students, staff, and families as we move forward.
Eye on Houston Photography Exhibit
Bellaire was proud to be a part of the reception last weekend at the
Museum of Fine Arts as the Eye on Houston Photography Exhibit opened. Here are 9 of the 18 pieces selected from Bellaire. We celebrate each of these artists & the courage it takes to share their work. The exhibition will remain on display until January 2021.  #CardinalProud
UIL One Act Play Performance Advanced to District!
Big Shout-Out to our One Act Play Team as they won Zone and advanced to District Competition!  

At Zone the following students were also recognized:
Best Performer - Thomas Girardet
Best Technician - Alex Wong 
All Star Cast  - Evan Byrd, Leah Harvell, Debra Lacey
Honorable Mention Cast - Jonah Dove
All Star Technicians - Tyrone Mathis

 #CardianlProud

At this time all UIL and school activities have been postponed.  We look forward to updating you with their next performance once that is determined.  

Varsity Boys Basketball
Congratulations to our Varsity Boys Basketball team, Head Coach Bruce Glover, and his coaching staff! The 2019-20 season and state playoff run were filled with so many memorable moments, and we are grateful for their incredible season. Runner up in the Region 3 Championship is a huge accomplishment. Thank you guys! #CardinalProud

June 1st Make-Up Date
HISD announced that the makeup day for the school closure Friday, February 28 will be Monday,  June   1st. This additional day  does not impact our graduation date. The Class of 2020's graduation will still be held Saturday, June 6th at 7:00pm at NRG Stadium. 
CoronaVirus and Exemption Modification for Final Exams
HISD has authorized high school campuses to modify the attendance requirements when it comes to student exemptions for final exams.  In the past, there was a limit of three excused absences. Working in alignment with the update from the HISD, we are removing the cap on the number of excused absences to be exempt from the spring final exam. Further details on this adjustment will be shared after we return from our current school closure period.

PTO Student Summer Awards
The PTO recognizes the educational value of activities and endeavors sought out by a student for their 2020 summer which broaden their cultural or scientific understanding, or which provide unique opportunities for student service or leadership - either abroad or here in the U.S.

For the 2019/2020 school year, the PTO will offer six awards, up to a maximum of $500 to currently enrolled students who successfully apply and qualify for these awards.  Award winners will be asked to report back to the PTO at one of the first PTO general meetings in the Fall of 2020 following their summer activity summarizing their experience.

Applications can be submitted online beginning Monday, March 9th and the deadline to apply is April 17th.  The Application will be posted Monday on the school website and Bellaire PTO's website. 





Girls and Boys Track
Congratulations to our Varsity Girls and BoysTrack Teams! They walked away with the Championship at the HISD Relays last weekend! #CardinalProud

Grand Champions!
The Belles did great at competition last weekend! Grand Champions for super division plus many more honors. Top Soloist - Bella Mansfield Top Duet. - Bella Mansfield and Natalie Faris.   #CardinalProud

Varsity Boys Soccer
Varsity Boys Soccer were named District Champs this week! They defeated Westside 2-1 to close out the regular season and clinch the title!  #Back2BackChampionships #CardinalProud

Principals' Scholarships
Are you a Bellaire Senior with excellent character, enthusiastic service, diligent scholarship, and effective leadership? Then you are eligible for some of Bellaire High School's most prestigious scholarships, the Principals' Scholarship. The deadline for applying is April 1.   Apply  here

Bellaire Film Festival
Applications are DUE by Monday, March 27, 2020. Please email  bhsfilmfest@gmail.com if you have questions.
 
Films must be no longer than 10 minutes
All films must be school appropriate (email if you have questions about what that means)
MUST be a current Bellaire High School Student
All experience levels are welcome
Films can be shot on a camera or on a phone
Films must be submitted to a YouTube account (videos can be public or unlisted as long as the video can be viewed through a link)
 
Click here  to apply!
HOT Scholarship Opportunities - 
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.

Are you a Bellaire Senior with excellent character, enthusiastic service, diligent scholarship, and effective leadership? Then you are eligible for some of Bellaire High School's most prestigious scholarships, the Principals' Scholarship. For more information and the application, please click here to apply. The deadline for applying is April 1.
 
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
Check EMAIL 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.  

Looking to get a head start on university programs and summer activities? Visit The College Center's University and Summer Programs Listing, Opps4Cards and search over 50 different opportunities for you to get involved this summer.
 
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. 

Gender Equality Month
March is the month when Gender Equality is celebrated. Gender equality is a human right. Gender equality means that the different behavior, aspirations and needs of women and men are considered, valued and favored equally. It does not mean that women and men need to become the same, but that their rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on whether they are born male or female. Gender equity means fairness of treatment for women and men, according to their respective needs. This may include equal treatment or treatment that is different, but which is considered equivalent in terms of rights, benefits, obligations and opportunities. (ABC of Women Worker's Rights and Gender Equality, ILO, 2000. p. 48)


Women are entitled to live with dignity and with freedom from want and from fear. Gender equality is also a precondition for advancing development and reducing poverty: Empowered women contribute to the health and productivity of whole families and communities, and they improve prospects for the next generation. https://www.unfpa.org/gender-equality

The United nations states that it is time to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played extraordinary roles in the history of their communities/country. Be empowered and make a difference today in your school or local community by:

1. Educate others about gender equality. You can share what you've learned with others.
2. Contact your representatives about important policies and legislation. Let your representatives know that gender equality is an important issue to you.
3. Make sure women receive credit for their ideas and work. Women often are not given enough credit for what they do in the workplace.
4. Run for office in the clubs or organizations you are a member of. This will enable you to help develop and promote policies and legislation that promote gender equality. https://www.wikihow.com/Promote-Gender-Equality


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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