May 29, 2020

Distance Learning - Monday is a Cardinal Day
June 1st is officially the last day of school.  We want to thank everyone for their support throughout our distance learning time. 

Summer School June 8th- July 2nd
Deadline to Register is TODAY!
Original Credit and Credit Recovery Summer School Classes will be offered online. For a list of courses, information and to register, please visit
our website.

If you have questions about Summer School please email Ms. Mulet. 
9th -11th Grade Locker Item Collection & Textbook Drop Off 
Students needing to retrieve items from their locker or gym locker may sign up for an appointment to access the building. *Items that are left in lockers will be donated to a non-profit organization. 

Once you set an appointment, please enter the building through the red doors on Maple Street near the Main Office. Our School Nurse may take your temperature as part of the screening process and you'll then be checked into the building. An adult on campus will escort you to your locker, gym locker if necessary, and book drop. Students with items that need to be returned to a Fine Arts Class should email their teacher for more information on returning their items.  Laptops are not being collected at this time. Students will be required to wear a mask and social distancing protocols will be in place at all times. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.

You may sign-up for an appointmen t here
Report Cards
Report Cards will be posted in Parent Connect (GradeSpeed) no later than June 5, 2020.


11 th  Grade Parent College Information Session:
  School is almost done, but now is the time to get a kickstart on your college application process. Don't know where to start? Need additional information? Join Mr. Lee and Mr. Stewart this Monday, June 1 at 4 PM via Microsoft TEAMS. We will discuss resources, timelines, and any updates as they pertain to COVID-19. This meeting is open to parents and students, and will be recorded.
 
 
Summer Essay Workshop:
This summer, we're excited to offer students the chance to join a one-week college essay boot camp delivered by Ethan Sawyer, AKA the College Essay Guy.
 
Bellaire High School students can join his summer essay boot camp from June 1st - 5th at no cost.
 
Quick info on College Essay Guy:
·          Ethan wrote the current bestselling book on the personal statement,  College Essay Essentials
·          He's well-regarded in the college admissions field and is considered one of the go-to resources on college essays
·          His  website which has hundreds of free resources for applying to college, received over 5 million hits last year
·          He has a cool  podcast!
           
This syllabus  maps out what Ethan will cover during the boot camp.
 
This 1-minute trailer  gives a sneak peek into the boot camp and the Choose Your Own Adventure Essay Tool
 
Here's how to register for the boot camp:
 
A.) Go to  this registration page.
B.) Enter your name and email.
C.) You're done! Put the date and time in your calendar and keep an eye on your email with next steps and instructions for accessing the live webinar.
 
The live boot camp sessions will be held on June 1st, 3rd, and 5th. You can join for either the 12:00-1:30PM CST session OR 6:00-7:30pm CST session (whichever fits your schedule).


CLASS of 2021 Senior Portraits
Prestige Photo Studio has announced information for rising Seniors to reference for their senior portraits.  Click here for more information about how you can make an appointment to have your senior pictures taken. 
PTO Teacher Appreciation Campaign.
Traditionally at the end of each school year the PTO provides the teachers and staff with an appreciation lunch and gift cards. This year we hosted the lunch during Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. Now we are asking for donations to purchase gift cards for the 250+ teachers and staff to express our appreciation for all they have done to help and support our students through this very difficult year. Donations can be made on the PTO website.
AP EXAMS
Questions about AP Make-Up Exams need to be sent to  Allen Scarrow .
IMPORTANT Transportation Update 2020-2021
All students (current and incoming) must request transportation for the 2020 - 2021 school year. The district stated that they are not renewing transportation requests this year. Requests for transportation for next year are due by May 30th, 2020.  Click here to make a request.

Seniors
Senior Check-Out -- LAST CHANCE 
Seniors, if you haven not come to check out yet, then your last opportunity is between 10am-2pm, Monday, June 1. Details about check-out can be found here.  Students taking AP exams should wait to come to check-out.   Our drive through check-out process will begin near the outside doors by the MPR on South Rice.  Additional information can be found on our website and by watching the Senior Meeting video recording. 

Seniors if you need to pay for a textbook that you have lost, you can pay for the book on Schoolpay.

If you did not pay Senior Dues and you would like to purchase a Cap and Gown, you can now pay for those items on Schoolpay.  The cost is $40.00.  If you would like to purchase a Senior T-shirt those are also on Schoolpay and cost $15.00. 

Please visit our UPDATED SENIOR FAQ page for answers to questions that were asked during the Senior Meeting.
Class of 2020 Graduation Celebration

Who:   Class of 2020 Seniors - this is a students-only event.  
What:  Senior Class Celebration 
Where :  Bellaire High School Senior Parking Lot
When :  June 5 starting promptly at 6:30 pm - 7:30pm
Why :  Last chance to come together on campus and bring some closure to our time together.
Arrival Details:   
  • The entrances will open to students beginning at 5:30pm.
  • Street parking will be available along Maple Street and the surrounding neighborhood streets. Please make sure that you are in compliance with the City of Bellaire parking signs and that your vehicle is legally parked. Please be mindful of resident's driveways and property.
  • No parking on the 5200/5300 Block of Holly Street behind the high school. 
  • We will have more than two dozen adults working at the event.  This includes school leadership, teachers, support staff, nurses, and police officers.
  • Students with last names A-L will enter through Entrance 1 (Located near the batting cages on Maple). Students will line up to enter following social distancing protocols with 6-foot spaces marked off. The student line will begin at the entrance and span down Maple and, if necessary, turn onto S. Rice.
  • Students with last names M-Z will enter through Entrance 2 (Located at the car entrance on Ferris Street). Students will line up to enter following social distancing protocols with 6-foot spaces marked off).  The line will begin at the entrance and then span down the sidewalk on Holly Street. 
  • Working with the HISD and an outside vendor, it has been determined that by utilizing our entire parking lot, we can safely set up more than 500 chairs according to social distancing protocols. Students will not be sat or lined up in alphabetical order, so once they enter they will be directed to one of the available chairs.  

Attire and Allowable Items 

  • Students should carry their cap and gown in one hand.  You may decorate your cap as long as it is respectful of the Class of 2020.
  • Students are encouraged to wear a T-shirt from the college, military branch or workforce area they will be entering post-high school.
  • Please wear closed-toe shoes as the parking lot is comprised of gravel (aka Pebble Beach).   
  • Students may carry in their cell phones and car keys only.
  • Students will be required to wear a mask.  If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.

Prom Announcement for our Seniors

After reviewing the responses from the senior survey, working with our collected dues, and speaking with the various vendors, it is with regret that I inform our seniors that we will not be able to host the Bellaire Prom this July 25.  I understand the disappointment this brings and please know that we share your feelings.  I wanted desperately to be able to host this special event for each of you.  When we announced in late March that we had been able to reschedule Prom to the July 25 date, we were optimistic the city and country would be in a different place.  However this is the decision we feel we must make at this time.   

With that finalized, we are now ready to begin the Senior Dues refund process.  Please know that the prom ticket and senior luncheon are eligible for a refund.  We will not refund the price of the Cap & Gown, Senior T-Shirt, and Diploma Cover.  Thus each senior that has paid dues will be eligible for a refund of the price they paid minus $60.  For example, if you paid senior dues of $140, then your refund will be $80.  

If you would like to request a refund, then please complete the form at this link Senior Dues Refund . If you would like to donate your refund to a student in need for the Class of 2021, then you may indicate your intent on the form.  If we do not hear from you then the dollars may be earmarked for the Class of 2021.     


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 & May 12th. Click here to access it.

Virtual Graduation  -Slide Deadline is Today! 
We are working with the district and Herff Jones on the Virtual Ceremony for the Class of 2020.  This is the last chance for seniors to check their HISD email accounts for information and graduation materials. Not sure how to check your HISD email, click here
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
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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