Bell High School
Principals Update Week 13
From The Desk of Rafael Balderas, Principal
Greetings Bell HS Family,
As we approach the holidays, I cant help but to reflect, when I joined the Bell HS community as the school’s Principal in 2012, I expected that I would face challenges in my role — problems to solve, new initiatives to get off the ground, planning for the school’s future. I certainly did not expect one of those challenges to be contending with a pandemic. I assume that you are also contending with new challenges and doing your best to navigate the current circumstances in which we find ourselves.
Annually, in the month of November, we celebrate the American cultural ritual of giving thanks. This year, Thanksgiving will not feel the same. Unfortunately, I will not be gathering with extended family; I find this difficult, but I also want to ensure everyone in my family is safe. I will make an effort to keep close contacts with the members of my household and try to maintain a few traditions and create new traditions (like virtual socials on zoom).
With that said, in our own school community we know families that will not have an opportunity to have a warm meal, a warm home, or the company of family and friends. As a sharing community, we need to remind ourselves of the greatest act of altruism is to share with others in need. Let us not forget, there are victims in our community that have recently fallen to illness, lost jobs, hunger and poverty. In comparison, we need to give thanks for the health and well being of our families, the shelter to protect us from the elements of the cold, along with the nourishment to sustain our health, and the warm company of our own family that will be with us on this annual festive event. More importantly, we should call or zoom with those in need and express how much we care and that everything will be fine. With our current reality, this act of unselfishness is much needed and it will not go unappreciated.
Genuinely, I would like to give thanks to the dedicated support staff, loyal teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and committed classified staff for their genuine service to our school. More importantly, we give thanks to our enthusiastic students and their devoted parents. As we prepare for our short break I want to remind everyone to Mask Up, Social Distance, and wash up! In conclusion, from our Bell High School learning community, I would like to wish you and your families a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
We Are All In This Together!
Rafael L. Balderas, Principal
WE GOT COLLEGE CENTER SUPPORT FOR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND FASFA FOR SENIORS!
Attention ALL Seniors, from our College Counselor Mr. Marquez, we have schedule College Application support with our TELACU Talent Search, UCLA EAOP and ETS team every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 am to 1 pm by logging onto the following Meeting ID: 841 8564 889 Passcode: COLLEGE. Or you may visit the College Center for a drop-in every Wednesday from 3 to 4 pm by logging onto the following meeting ID: 827 4332 5772.
Please note there a very important due dates:
- UC Applications are due November 30, 2020
- Cal State Applications are due December 4, 2020 (EXTENSION)
- Private Schools vary most are due by January 1, 2021
- FASFA should be completed by March 2, 2021
For additional information please email Mr. Marquez at firstname.lastname@example.org or please visit our Bell High Schol Virtual College Center at:
Do We COVID TEST? YES, We COVID TEST!
LAUSD has embarked on an ambitious plan to Covid test our staff, students and families. The test is free to all members of the school community. In an effort to help keep our communities and schools safe, we ask for members of our learning community to register and make an appointment at https://achieve.lausd.net/covidtestingappt
Further, Bell HS will host a pop-up Covid Testing Center at the school for ALL students, it is scheduled on the following dates: Saturday, November 14 from 9 am to 3 pm and again Monday, November 16 to Wednesday, November 18 from 1 pm to 6 pm, please register ahead at https://achieve.lausd.net/covidtestingappt
It is School Experience Survey 2020 Season!
Bell HS survey week is November 2nd – 6th.
The survey is for all employees, students, and parents.Please Contact Deborah.Eller@LAUSD.Net if you have any questions about the School Experience Survey.
To access the survey after 10/26:
- Go to: https://achieve.lausd.net/schoolexperiencesurvey
- Choose the dark blue Staff Survey button near the top of the page
- Select your school and role (Teacher) from a drop‐down menu.
- Complete the survey
- Take a screen shot of the Thank You page and email to Deborah.Eller@LAUSD.NET
Important Note: ALL survey results are strictly confidential.
- Each student will receive their own personal link to the Student Survey on 10/26/2020 to their MyMail account
- There are NO student passwords this year
- Take the survey
- Take a screenshot of the Thank you page and upload it to your Advisory teacher.
@Home Learning? YES We Teach Remotely!
Shout out to everyone for this week of teaching and learning! As a reminder, attendance is MANDATORY, based on the following schoology & zoom logon analytics we have for the following week:
Week of November 9 to 13, 2020
Students Attendance = 2,336 out of 2,349 students for a 98%
Weekly Log-on Grade Leaders (schoology & zoom)
Grade 12 – 98.2% / Grade 11 – 98.3% / Grade 10 – 96.6% / Grade 9 – 95.1%
Congratulation Class of 2022 Remians on Top!
“Juniors” Grade 11
WE GOT PARENT WORKSHOPS? YES, WE GOT PARENT WORKSHOPS!
Please join us on our monthly parent workshop sponsored by our schools Parent Center and presented by Ms. Sara Soto, the schools PSW. This workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 10 am and 11 am and focus on Mental Health. Please log into the following zoom webinar:
Meeting ID: 881 7446 1789
Calling Out All 8th Graders! Class of 2025 YOU BELONG HERE!
As we prepare the recruitment season for all future Eagles at Bell HS, we want to remind everyone that Bell HS continues to be the best comprehensive high school in the Southeast! We offer an array of instructional programs tailored to the needs of your child. Please review our recruitment video and you decide on whether Bell HS is the right school for your child. See link: https://www.bellhs.org/apps/video/
As a reminder, from October 1st to November 20th is CHOICES time for parents in selecting the next school for your 8th grader. Please log onto the following link and select Bell HS: https://parentws.lausd.net/parentauthen/index.jsp
Social, Emotional & Mental Health? We Got SEL!
We know from the data that students and families continue to feel isolated and alone, the Los Angeles Unified Launched Mental Health Hotline To Help Students and Families. Please have them call (213) 241-3840 – Please be mindful our students and parents world has been turned upside down and we need to make sure students have the support they need. In the event that you need immediate emergency assistance, please call 911.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call either of the following phone numbers for mental health support:
- LAUSD Mental Health Hotline (213) 241-3840 M-F 6am-6pm
- LA County Department of Mental Health (800) 854-7771
- Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Hotline (877) 727-4747 (24 hours)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255) (24 hours)
- Bell High School Confidential Text Tip Line (323) 989-3750 (24 hours)
For immediate contact with the Bell High School’s Social, Emotional and Mental Health Team, please communicate with one of the following SEL Team Members:
Is Monday PURPLE Schedule? YES Monday is PURPLE Schedule!
As a reminder, this Monday, November 16, 2020 is PURPLE schedule, classes start at 9 am with periods 1, 2 and 3. All students log into schoology and zoom with teachers. Have a great Monday!
Purple & GOLD Bell Schedule from Tuesday to Friday
As a reminder please follow our regular Tuesday to Friday bell schedule, see schedule below: