BHS Newsletter

May 1, 2019

Upcoming Events

May 7 and 8 - MCAS Grade 8 Science and Tech
May 6 - 17 - AP Exams Dates
May 9 - Color Guard & Jazz Concert 7:00 PM
May 10 - Early Dismissal 10:45 am - ½ Prof. Day
May 10 - Jr.-Sr. Prom, Kirkbrae, Lincoln, RI
May 16 - BHS Pops Concert 7:00 PM
May 19 - Bellingham Memorial Parade & Ceremony, steps off at 1 p.m. from BMS
May 21-24 - MCAS Math - Gr. 10
May 21 - BHS Spring Concert 7:00 PM (Grades 7 & 8 Bands in BHS Auditorium)
May 28-30 - Senior Exams
May 30 - Drama Musical Revue
May 28 - Washington DC trip - Gr. 8
May 31 - Senior Class Trip

Career Center Update

Last month the career center hosted a job fair for BHS students. We were thrilled with the turn out as close to 40 students met with potential employers. The career center will be working closely with the employers, who attended, to track all student applicants they choose to contact from BHS. The goal is to prepare those students with a solid resume and strong interviewing skills, prior to their next encounter with their desired, prospective employer.

Additionally, the Career Center, in coordination with the YMCA, has been bringing in guest speakers each Tuesday for the past few months (pictures below). Students have met with representatives from politics, gaming, engineering, electrical trade, and financial services. Students who are interested should talk to their Mentor Monday teachers for more information.

Upcoming speakers include:

May 7 - Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge - The Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge promotes and produces stock car racing events in New England.

May 14 - Dell

May 28 - CVS Health

From the Athletic Director's Desk

I hope everyone enjoyed their April vacation and now, with the homestretch upon us, I wanted to shore up some year end and Fall Sports information.

For our Spring Sport teams, the Athletic Department will host our Spring Sports Awards night on Monday, June 3rd @ 6 pm. This event presents Varsity Letters and two team awards along with a brief team music video.

Additionally, on the same night but beginning @ 7:15 pm, the Athletic Department will host a combined 2019-20 Sports Overview Night and Meet the Fall Coach. This night is held annually to update student-athletes & their parents on the MIAA/School rules surrounding athletic participation and expectations for summer workouts. If you are planning on being a BHS student-athlete during the 2019-20 school year (Fall/Winter/Spring), attendance by the student-athlete and a parent is expected.

Registration for Fall Sports opens on FamilyID on May 1. As usual, we will offer a $50 discount for student-athletes who register AND PAY between May 1 and the last day of school. The link to register is


Attention Golfers and local business owners. Please consider supporting the Blackhawks by participating in or sponsoring the 3rd annual Bellingham Athletic Booster Club "BABC" golf outing on June 21st (1:00 pm shotgun start) @ New England Country Club. The BABC helped create the Athletic Hall of Fame and supports various programs at the HS and funds some program needs.

The time to register/sponsor is NOW via

Mark your calendar:

Fall Sports registration runs May 1 throughout the summer

Fall Sports Night: June 3

Cheer tryouts: week of June 3

BABC golf outing: June 21

1st BHS Football practice: August 16

1st BHS practice all other sports: August 22

Sport Physicals are required annually and are valid for 13 months. If you need one, schedule and have it completed over the summer

Upcoming MCAS Testing - Grade 8

MCAS Science/Technology & Engineering-Grade 8 (Next Generation-computer based testing)

5/7-MCAS STE (Grade 8)

5/8-MCAS STE (Grade 8)

5/9, 5/14-MCAS STE MAKEUPS (Grade 8)

Upcoming MCAS Testing - Grade 9


MCAS BIOLOGY-Grade 9 (Legacy-paper based testing)

6/4-MCAS BIOLOGY (Grade 9)

6/5-MCAS BIOLOGY (Grade 9)

6/6-MCAS BIOLOGY (Grade 9-Field Test all students)


**6/6-MCAS BIOLOGY NEXT GENERATION-computer based field test (all Grade 9 students)

Upcoming MCAS Testing - Grade 10


MCAS MATH-Grade 10 (Next Generation-computer based testing)

5/21-MCAS MATH (Grade 10)

5/22-MCAS MATH (Grade 10)

5/23-5/24-MCAS MATH MAKEUPS (Grade 10)

Op Grad Update

Good morning parents of the Class of 2019,

Please be on the look out for a permission slip coming home with your senior for participation in Op Grad. These must be signed and returned to the school office please. No student can attend without the permission slip and waivers signed. There is important information for both parents and students to review to ensure a fun and safe night for everyone.

It's hard to believe that graduation is just over a month away!! We are in the final stages of planning a great night for the seniors and the end of that will be a slide show for them. The group working on it has graciously extended the submission deadline to May 15 in hopes of getting Disney pictures and prom pictures submitted as well. As you can imagine, this is a huge undertaking and we are fortunate to have a couple of parents who are willing to work on it. However, we can not do this without pictures supplied by you!! We need a BABY picture, photos from elementary and middle school and any high school events you may have.

Pictures may be emailed to Please have all submissions sent as soon as possible. Also, please include the students name, the event, the year and any other students who are in the photos. A friendly reminder that these families working on this project are volunteers and may not be able to respond as quickly as you would like to every email.


1. Prom pictures and/or significant events (prom/senior sports nights) that occur after May 1 will be accepted until May 15.

2. May 15 is the ABSOLUTE deadline for submitting all other pictures, but earlier submissions are greatly appreciated!!

3. An auto reply will be sent upon receipt of your first email to This is your confirmation that your email to the Bellingham High School Class of 2019 slide show email box has been received. You will only receive ONE auto reply for any emails sent. Please rest assured that if you send more photos from the same email address, they will have been received.

4. The goal is t o have a fair representation of all students, which is solely dependent on pictures submitted. Please share this email other parents/guardians of students of the Class of 2019. Students are encouraged to email pictures too!

5. Slide show will include baby pictures, elementary and middle school, as well as high school pictures.

6. We have some pictures from the elementary memory nights and the 8th grade celebration, which included pictures from BMMS.

7. The bulk of the slide show will be dedicated to the High school years.

8. There is no guarantee that all submissions will be used. Every effort will be made to avoid duplicate photos.

Any questions may be sent to the photo email address. Thank you for helping making this a wonderful slide show and a night to remember for our students. Also, it is not too late to get involved. There are still many opportunities to help, specifically the night of the big party!! Please make sure that your CORI is up to date and get your fingerprints done if you plan on chaperoning.

Thank you!

The Op Grad Committee

April - Science Update

Please click the link below to learn what our science classes have been learning.

AP Tests - Take Place in May

All tests locations are at BHS - unless otherwise indicated

Monday, May 6 - AP US Government and Politics - 8:00am

Monday, May 6 - AP Environmental Science - 12:00pm - Bellingham Police Depart. Confer. Rm

Wednesday, May 8 - AP English Literature & Composition - 8:00am BPD Conference Room

Friday, May 10 - AP US History - 8:00am ***

Monday, May 13 - AP Biology - 8:00am

Tuesday, May 14 - AP Calculus AB - 8:00am

Wednesday, May 15 - AP English Language & Composition - 8:00am

Thursday, May 16 - AP Statistics - 12:00pm

***Please make note that Friday, May 10, 2019 is an early release PD day and the 2018-2019 Jr.-Sr. Prom. For planning purposes, AP US History students are scheduled to test during the morning session and will remain in their BHS test location until the end of the session (approximately 11:45am).