Breaking: Belmont Schools Closed For Two Weeks Due To Pandemic Concerns, Joining Neighboring Towns

Photo: The Belmont School Administration Building In an extraordinary action to stem the spreading Coronavirus pandemic in the Boston area, the Belmont School District is joining with five towns in the Middlesex County in closing their public schools for two weeks beginning Friday, March 13. Belmont is collaborating with superintendents from Arlington, Bedford, Burlington, Lexington […]

Breaking: Schools Cancelling ‘Large Events’ Due To CoronaVirus Emergency; Musical’s Fate Up In The Air

Photo: BHS-PAC’s spring musical “Shrek The Musical” is one event that will be decided on a case-by-case basis. The Belmont Public Schools is canceling ‘large’ school-sanctioned events due to the spreading CoronaVirus pandemic, according to Superintendent John Phelan. Speaking before the School Committee on Tuesday, March 10, hours after Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state […]

Principal McAllister Leaving Chenery For Central Office [Video]

Photo: Mike McAllister. Micheal McAllister, the popular principal of the Chenery Middle School, will be heading to the Belmont School District’s Central Office to become the director of the newly named Office of Human Capital. Entering his 20th year in the Belmont Schools, McAllister has been the Chenery principal for the past four years after […]

School Committee OKs ‘20-‘21 School Year Opening Before Labor Day

Photo: The calendar for the coming school year. Despite past complaints by parents fearing squashed holiday plans and previous votes, the Belmont School Committee approved the 2020-2021 calendar in which the first day of school will occur the week before Labor Day. The official opening day for 1st to 12th graders will be Wednesday, Sept. […]

Dogs And Mini Horses – But Not Pets – OK’d As Support Animals In Belmont Schools

Photo: In Sarah Hale’s nursery rhyme, Mary’s lamb followed her to school one day and “[t]hat was against the rule.” While that remains the case for lambs, snakes, rodents, llamas and most other mammals and reptiles, Belmont students can now bring dogs or miniature horses to class after the Belmont School Committee approved policy allowing […]

Winn Brook’s Carey Stepping Down As Principal, Search For Next Leader Underway

Photo: Winn Brook Principal Janet Carey Janet Carey, Belmont’s longest tenured principal, has announced that she is stepping down from leading the educators at the Winn Brook Elementary School at the end of the 2020 school year. “Filled with mixed emotions, I am writing to let you know that this will be my final year as […]

Tzom Kal: Yom Kippur Begins Tuesday at Sunset

Photo: The painting is a detail of “Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur” by the 22-year-old Maurycy Gottlieb c. 1878. Yom Kippur, also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jews. Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The day’s central themes are atonement and repentance. […]

School Committee OKs Grade Reconfiguration At Schools In 2023

Photo: The Chenery will be seeking a new name when the new Middle and High School opens in 2023. With construction beginning on the new Belmont Middle and High School in less than a month, Belmont School Committee voted unanimously at its Tuesday, May 21 meeting to approve changing the grade configuration at each of […]

Schools Budget Tops $60M In Fiscal ’20, Up 6.4 Percent

Photo: Belmont Schools budget has increased by 40 percent in the past five years. With some tweaks here and there still to come, the Belmont School Committee was presented with the coming fiscal year’s district budget at its meeting on Tuesday, April 23. And fiscal 2020 will see the final number breach the $60 million […]

Last Day Of School In Belmont Is … A Monday (Ugh!)

All it took was a single snow day for last classes at Belmont’s six public schools to be dragged over a weekend. Belmont School Superintendent John Phelan announced at the School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, April 9, the definitive final day of the 2018-2019 school year, no matter what weather related event – June […]