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Superintendent's Newsletter May 2022

date 5/13/2022

The month of May should be renamed "Appreciation Month." We are so fortunate to have dedicated and caring staff within the Belmont Public Schools, and we were happy to recognize them during teacher/staff appreciation week on May 2-6 (where families contributed snacks and goodies to schools), the FBE Outstanding Teacher Awards on May 5, and Staff Recognition day on May 10 (see below).

Memorial Day on Monday, May 30, is another appreciation day as we honor the men and women who died in U.S. military service. A gentle reminder there is no school on Memorial Day.

Please see the latest newsletter below:

School Committee
Staff Email Changes
Summer Enrichment Open for Registration
Looking for Student Volunteers
School News
DEI News
Visual and Performing Arts
FBE News
Helpful Links


FY23 School Budget: On May 3 the School Committee unanimously voted an FY23 General Fund school budget of $76,964,825 inclusive of General Fund sources ($66,849,456) and state and federal grants. This budget will move forward to Town Meeting for a vote in June.

The presentation given to the School Committee at the May 3 meeting highlighted specific slides from the FY23 Budget Draft 2 presented at the April 26 School Committee meeting in order to provide context and further outline requested budget reductions and positions the school department is requesting while being fiscally responsible to the town.
-Slide 18 and 19 shows Option 1 and Option 2
-Slide 7 shows budget reductions to support the town's financial constraints
-Slide 20 shows increases and decreases as we move from FY22 to FY23
-Slide 21 shows the motion the School Committee voted on to move the budget forward to Town Meeting

Budget presentations are located in the School Committee documents page as well as the School Budget pages on the BPS website. School Committee meetings can be viewed On Demand at Belmont Media.

FY22 ESSER, ARPA, and Reallocation Funds Summary: A summary of the FY22 use of ESSER, ARPA, and Reallocated Funds was presented to the School Committee at the May 10 meeting. The presentation looks at the positions and resources this money funded. It is worth noting the summary slide shows that the two years of funding ends in FY23 and services from this group of resources will not be available for FY24. We will be looking at this as a reference to reconstruct our budget and requests as we evaluate positions and needs for FY24.

BHS Community Core Values: BHS Principal Isaac Taylor presented identifying BHS core values through the work of diversity and equity at the school and staff/student input. The goals give a value basis and a mechanism to point to these values during conflict resolution and grounding the work of learning and instruction. The school community will be asked for wider feedback on the best way to implement these values to support student experiences in school.

Math Working Group: Members of the Math Working Group were chosen at the April 26 School Committee meeting by Chair Meg Moriarty. The members were randomly drawn from a pool of those who volunteered to be part of the group. Documents and findings of the group will be posted shortly on the BPS website. Please see the presentation given to the School Committee at the April 12 meeting that outlines a timeline for establishing the working group, the make-up of the group, and when the group will present their short-term and long-term recommendations.

The next School Committee meeting is on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. Please see the agenda and access closer to the meeting date.


BPS staff email addresses changed on May 4. The new email address is @belmontschools.net. For example, the current email address: jsmith@belmont.k12.ma.us is now: jsmith@belmontschools.net. Emails sent to @belmont.k12.ma.us will be forwarded until fall 2022 as we complete our integration to Gmail. Please see Director of Technology Steve Mazzola's presentation to the School Committee on May 10.


BPS Summer Enrichment BPS Summer Enrichment program is now open for registration, offering a variety of classes for incoming Pre-K through incoming grade 7. Please go to the BPS website for more information about the program and registration.


The English Language Education department has two volunteer opportunities for current Belmont High School students. Both opportunities involve BHS students helping younger students develop their English language skills. If you know a BHS student who is looking for community service, has an interest in working with or teaching younger students, and has an appreciation for other cultures and languages, we welcome them all to apply to one or both programs:
ELE Summer Camp 2022: Interested volunteers would work as teacher assistants at our Winn Brook, Wellington, or Chenery ELE summer camp locations from 1-5 weeks. More information and an application form can be found here.
Spring/Summer ELE Language Mentor Program 2022: Interested volunteers would meet at least once a week for 30 minute mentor sessions with an assigned younger English learning student. Mentors would meet to play games, read books, etc to help our EL students practice their social English skills. Hours are flexible. More information and an application can be found here.
Questions? Please email Ms. Moeller at mmoeller@belmontschools.net.


  • AAPI Book donation 2022 Schools celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month by reading biographies of notable Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In addition, schools welcomed in-person and virtual author visits and guest readers throughout the month of May. The celebration started outside the classroom with a 5K Run/Walk held on May 1 organized by a volunteer group with the mission of celebrating the AAPI Heritage Month in Belmont. The group also made a donation of 140 AAPI books in total to Belmont elementary schools supporting the guest reader program, and to BHS to diversify the ELA curriculum based on the recommendations of the BPS teachers and administrators following the guidelines of the Belmont Diversity Task Force. 
  • 2022 Staff Recognition 25 and 30 years Staff Recognition Day, sponsored by Belmont Public Schools (BPS) and Belmont Education Association (BEA), was held on May 10 at Belmont High School. Superintendent John Phelan and Director of Human Capital Mike McAllister began the evening. BEA President John Sullivan, Assistant Superintendent Janice Darias (herself a 25 year recipient), and School Committee Chair Meg Moriarty recognized those with 10, 15, and 20 years of service, respectively. Those with 25 and 30 years of service were introduced by a colleague. Please see the list of those recognized. If you want to view the event, please go to the Belmont Media Center link. Pictured here are some of the recipients, left to right, with 25 and 30 years of service: Janice Darias, Lena Terzian, Bonnie Chen, Renee Magier, Melissa Moran, Gene O'Brien, Tracy Romano, Suzanne Zmijewski, and Lisa O'Sullivan.
  • Burbank STEM Night Burbank and Wellington had great attendance at their STEM and Science nights. Students had many different activity stations including a Hoop Glider Experiment where students constructed their own hoop glider at Wellington.


  • Information on the district's DEI initiatives, including the results of the Equity Audit and progress on the current Equity Action Plan phase, may be found on the DEI page of the BPS website. 
  • Please see the DEI News and Updates page for the latest events, exhibits, and happenings celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion in Belmont and surrounding communities. If you have an item to share, please email details to cwashington@belmontschools.net.
  • The Town of Belmont Human Rights Commission currently provides a Discrimination Complaint Form for members of the community to report any incidents of bias or discrimination taking place within the town. Belmont Public Schools is developing a similar form specifically for incidents involving BPS community members. The link will be posted on the DEI website and on all school websites soon.


  • K-12 Art Show Onlooker The BPS Visual Arts Department held a grade K-12 District Art Show from May 2 through 6. The exhibit featured a small selection of art pieces that showcase the work of BPS students and reflect the curriculum that all students in the visual arts program have and will experience.
  • BHS One Act Play Festival is on May 12-14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Black Box Theater at BHS. This is an annual student-directed festival of short plays with a mix of comedy, drama, and everything in between. Please go to the PAC website for ticket information.
  • The Chenery School production of The LIttle Mermaid Jr. is on May 19 and 20 at 7:00 p.m. and on May 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the CMS auditorium. Please go to the PAC website for ticket information.


FBE 2022 Outstanding Teacher and S. Warren Farrell Awards The Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) held the annual Outstanding Teacher Awards reception on May 5. Congratulations to this year's recipients.
2022 Outstanding Teacher Award Recipients pictured Left to right:
Jonathan Marks, Chenery Middle School, Science Gr. 8
Ezra Flam, Belmont High School, Theater Arts Specialist
Nikolaus vonHuene, Burbank Elementary School, Gr. 4
​Lauren Chancey, Winn Brook Elementary School, Gr. 2
Abbie Dufault, Butler Elementary School, Gr. 1
Jessica Endres, Wellington Elementary School, Gr. 4
2022 S. Warren Farrell Award for Educational Excellence Recipient:
Victoria O’Regan, Burbank Elementary, Reading


For your convenience, below are links to useful information.

Belmont Public Schools:

Town and State:

K-12 Art Show  Art Show Picture Sample 2  Art Show Sample 1  Art Show Sample 6  K-12 Art Show Attendees  K-12 Art Show Onlooker  K-12 Art Show Pictures  K-12 Art Show Sample 3  K-12 Art Show Sample 4  K-12 Art Show Sample 5  K-12 Art Show Sample 7  K-12 Art Show Sample 8  K-12 Art Show Sample 9  BPS Summer Enrichment  Burbank STEM Night Project  AAPI 5K Run-Walk 1  AAPI 5K Run-Walk 2  FBE 2022 Outstanding Teacher and S. Warren Farrell Awards  AAPI Book donation 2022  Burbank STEM Night  2022 Staff Recognition 25 and 30 years  2022 Staff Recognition  Burbank Interim Principal Brenda Maurao and Gr. 3 Teacher Lisa O'Sullivan  CMS Principal Karla Koza with Head Custodian Gene O'Brien 2022 Staff Recog.  Staff Recg. 2022