Once again, the outstanding support of the Belmont Hill School community led to another record-setting number of families receiving turkey dinners this Thanksgiving. To note just how the effort has grown in scope, in 2010, Thanksgiving fixings were delivered to 36 families. This year, Belmont Hill School’s Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Drive concluded with the delivery of 580 complete Thanksgiving dinners to families in need in surrounding communities – dramatically exceeding the initial goal of 500 meals!
Reprising a successful and music-filled visit to Belmont Hill back in December of 2011, musicians from the Hale School in Perth Australia visited Belmont Hill School on Monday, December 4. This trip consisted of a much larger group of student musicians than the previous visit with the School bringing 38 boys comprising jazz instrumentalists, string players, and a choir.
On the weekend of November 18, the Belmont Hill community was treated to a fabulous production of the Broadway hit, “Guys and Dolls.” Replete with drama, romance, and plenty of comedy, the talent of the actors in this lively production was on full display.
On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, faculty and students gathered in Hamilton Chapel to recognize the accomplishments of Belmont Hill’s fall sports teams. A list of those acknowledged is presented below.
On the evening of November 10, Jack Flynn ’19, Ben Morales ’20, Donavan Payne ’18, and Jack Tahan ’20, submitted their art work to a juried gallery opening hosted by the Winsor School. Employing the theme “Identity,” two local artists presented prizes to participants in the show and three of the students were recognized for their work.
With a comedic twist of irony, the Belmont Hill School community was treated to a delightful Middle School production of “15 Reasons Not to Be in a Play.”
A one-act play by Alan Haehnel, the production presents a series of hilarious monologues, duets, and ensemble scenes – paradoxically explaining to the audience all the reasons why being in a play is a truly dreadful endeavor.
Charlie Kenney '06 was a gifted member of the community during his time at Belmont Hill, as a three-sport athlete, a Woodbury Prize recipient in public speaking, and as a young man dedicated to serving the schoolhe loved.
On Monday, October 23, 2017, the Croatian writer, Slavenka Drakulić, visited students of Dr. Buckley’s International Affairs class to discuss “the virus of nationalism.” Ms. Drakulić is a novelist, journalist, and columnist for the Croatian daily newspaper, Jutarnji List, and has spent much of her career exploring the events that led to the Bosnian War in the 1990s.
Alumni, trustees, parents, and students gathered on the evening of September 22 for the annual Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) dinner to celebrate diversity at Belmont Hill. This year’s dinner was significant in a number of ways including the celebration of the group’s tenth year. In his opening remarks, Caleb Collins ’93, Director of Community and Diversity, noted that MAP, and its numerous initiatives, will continue to build networks between current students and alumni in the years to come.
On the evening of November 3, Dr. Michael Thompson, supervising psychologist at Belmont Hill for the last 24 years, will be honored by Arlington’s Board of Youth Services and the Arlington Youth Counseling Center at the upcoming Out on the Town gala.
Each year, Belmont Hill recognizes the academic accomplishments of students in every returning Form over the course of the previous year. In addition, the chapel marks the exceptional achievement of Form VI students who have been granted membership in the Cum Laude Society, the highest academic honor a student can attain at Belmont Hill.
Dr. Michael Fowlin, better known as Mykee, is a psychologist, performer, and poet, who uses his unique talents as a professional actor to promote worldwide inclusion. Last March, Dr. Fowlin presented his program to Middle School students and the presentation was so well received, he returned to share it with Form V and Form VI.
For Bennett Morris ’18, learning to communicate with about a billion people, broadening his thinking, and of course, the food, are among the many advantages of learning about Chinese culture and how to speak the language.
Mark Dube, Class of 2007, and a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army, flew a combat mission over Afghanistan in July of 2016. After the successful mission, Dube, a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, was presented with a medal for excellence in combat.
In June, three groups of students and faculty kicked off their summers on trips to Perú; Crested Butte, Colorado; and Europe for a tour of World War II historical sites. Each excursion provided the travelers with a unique experience that broadened their outlook and expanded their worldviews. Below are reports from each trip:
Although the weather was not typical for a June day, nothing could dampen the spirits of the family and friends gathered under a tent on the chapel lawn on Monday, June 5 to celebrate the formidable graduating Class of 2017.
On Thursday, May 18, Belmont Hill School welcomed Chantal Kayitesi to campus as part of Mr. O’Leary’s class “Facing History and Ourselves.” Ms. Kayitesi is a survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda in which she lost her husband, her parents, two siblings, aunts, uncles and many members of her extended family.
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon on May 7th, Belmont Hill School’s musicians came together in the Hamilton Chapel for the annual Spring Concert and entertained the audience with an eclectic program of instrumental and vocal music.
Thanks to the efforts of Belmont Hill School’s Sustainability Club, a new solar array installation on the roof of the Science Building is estimated to generate over 25,000 kilowatt hours of power per year for the building.
Belmont Hill and Winsor recently presented "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" a lively and entertaining tribute to the 70s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through memorably catchy songs.
Dr. George Q. Daley, MD, PhD, visited Belmont Hill on May 2 as the guest speaker at the annual Michael Sherman Lecture. The lecture series is named after the iconic math teacher, and is a gift to the School from Dr. and Mrs. Nalebuff and their son Barry '76 (now a professor at Yale).
On Friday, April 28, 2017, Belmont Hill School hosted the annual Parents’ Independent School Network (PIN) meeting where students presented their community service efforts. Every year, PIN awards are given for outstanding service projects and community service initiatives. This year, Belmont Hill School students applied for seven awards and of those, the School was awarded six.
The Belmont Hill Parents' Council hosted "An Evening with the Head of School," which featured two student speakers, musical selections by the Jazz Ensemble, and a talk by Dr. Melvoin entitled, "Healthy Boys, Healthy Men."
On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Holocaust survivor, Jack Trompetter, spoke to students taking the course “Facing History and Ourselves.” Mr. Trompetter has shared his experiences since 1997 to ensure that the horrors of the Holocaust are never forgotten.
To support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Belmont Hill hosted children (and their families) who have benefited from the extraordinary resources of these hospitals’ to the “Party with a Purpose” on April 1, 2017.
Once again this year Belmont Hill offered students an opportunity to participate in a group trip led by members of the faculty. Each adventure gave students an opportunity to explore different parts of the world. Below is a brief summary of each trip:
Under the outstanding direction of seniors Peter Knowlton and Varun Shah, Belmont Hill School and Winsor School teamed up to present a powerful and emotional performance of John Steinbeck’s haunting story, “Of Mice and Men.”
Awards celebrating the accomplishments of Belmont Hill School's winter sports teams were presented at the School Meeting held on Monday, March 6 in Hamilton Chapel. The following is a list of the awards presented.
Dr. Michael Fowlin visited the Hill on Monday presenting to the Middle School his unique program of teaching inclusion, tolerance, and equity for all people through a combination of his professional acting talents and his training as a psychologist.
On Monday, January 30th 2017 Belmont Hill welcomed Halla Hrund Logadóttir to address our community about the work she and others are doing in sustainability, climate change, and energy policies around the world in general, but in Iceland and the Arctic in particular.
Once again, Belmont Hill School students have been recognized by the judges of the prestigious Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards. This year three students have received awards for their creativity and artistic prowess in ceramics.
The annual Student Art Show – featuring work from students who participated in a visual arts class in the first semester – demonstrated the impressive talents, creativity, and imagination of Belmont Hill School students.
No, Chris Sale wasn't on hand for the game, nor were any of his new Red Sox teammates. But there was still a special feeling in the air as Belmont Hill arrived at Fenway Park for the fourth time, hoping to keep the team's Fenway undefeated string alive.
On December 5, students in Jared Courtney’s AP Computer Science class had the unique opportunity to hone their computer programming skills with students from the Shultz School in Alexandria, Egypt who were on an educational visit sponsored by Harvard University.
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