Belmont Hill’s Online Learning Plan is an extension of our school mission focused upon developing young men of character.
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Building Community Online
The virtual world creates new challenges and opportunities for a school that finds strength in relationships and community. Our schedule will include a number of clearly dedicated times for this work, and we expect that organic opportunities to build community will emerge from faculty and students. We will continue to send out a Plan of the Week every Sunday evening that will outline the coming week’s opportunities.
While these structures will be in place to begin this experience, we plan to adjust, add, and subtract given the input and feedback of the community. We look forward to considering the myriad ways we can celebrate joyful brotherhood in this new paradigm.
STRUCTURED COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING:
VIRTUAL CHAPEL: Every Monday morning at 8:30, our community will have the opportunity to log into a livestream Chapel Talk from Mr. Schneider and/or guest speakers.
ADVISORY: Wednesdays will offer time for a scheduled advisor check-in period. We also hope to take advantage of our offices of Community and Diversity as well as Health and Wellness to build programming in this space.
FRIDAY FORUM: Friday at 8:30 am will be a time where students can enact new contact or connections. We look forward to tapping into student leadership to help with this program.
WEEKLY CHALLENGES: As part of a Sunday Plan of the Week email, we hope to include a fun community challenge or competition of some sort that could be celebrated or honored at our Friday Forum.
STUDENT CLUBS: The Wednesday schedule allows for the ad hoc meeting of student clubs and activities. Clubs can schedule their own online meeting times in coordination with their faculty advisor. Students who hope to initiate a new club can contact Mrs. D’Annolfo for approval.
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The mission of Belmont Hill School is to educateboys in mind, body, and spirit to develop men of good character. Current circumstances have prevented our community from meeting in our normal school environment, so we have adopted this Online Learning Plan (OLP) to serve our boys differently. We believe that this new paradigm will support our school mission in new ways through an increased focus upon resiliency, responsibility, and integrity. The OLP reflects the School’s commitment to providing its students and families with a robust and multifaceted learning experience. The use of the Internet and the pace of technological growth have transformed teaching and learning at Belmont Hill over the last ten years, so we are fortunate to build upon this foundation.
While utilizing online learning in response to COVID-19, we hope that families realize how our faculty are now charged with being outstanding teachers, parents, partners, and citizens at the same time. While remote learning will change the nature of how our community interacts, we also recognize that excessive contact or screen time will not serve any of us well. In addition, we acknowledge that we are entering this paradigm for the first time and will need to amend this plan as we move forward.
While necessarily different from our traditional brick and mortar program, the OLP features the same commitment to relational learning that is the hallmark of a Belmont Hill education. For students, our online program leverages technology to access content and gain mastery over key 21st-century skills. It also focuses upon the tremendous value of independent learning and self-assessment in a new way. While Harkness Table discussions, science labs, and other structures are hallmarks of our traditional program, we will now ask students and faculty to lean into the new challenges and benefits of project-based learning and collaboration in a new way.
While academics form the largest part of our school’s work, athletics and arts are also essential elements of the Belmont Hill experience. Although it is impossible to replace the thrill of competition and performance virtually, our online program seeks to provide students a range of opportunities to build their mind, body, and spirit. Whether in the classroom physically or virtually, our community furthers excellence and character through its spirit of working together.
Finally, the extension of our classes into the online learning environment comes with the expectation that Belmont Hill students will commit to the same intellectual honesty and academic integrity that is integral to our Honor Code.
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Belmont Hill School educates boys in mind, body, and spirit to develop men of good character. Our community encourages and challenges students to discover and pursue passions, seek excellence, and face adversity with resilience. We cultivate critical thinking and creativity, teamwork and competition, hard work and reflection, tradition and innovation. Valuing our differences and working together, we embrace camaraderie, compassion, and service to others. Our school strives to instill in each boy ethical judgment, a sense of common humanity, and a lifelong love of learning.