Bell High School

Principals Update Week 9

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From The Desk of Rafael Balderas, Principal

Greetings Bell HS Family,

I hope this message finds you and your family in great health and sound in mind. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank our teachers, parents and students for a great virtual turnout for our Fall Parent Conferences last week! We had over 550 families meet with teachers on zoom to discuss and collaborate on their sons and/or daughters academic progress. This successful event is living proof that we can make anything happen when our learning community comes together for students in our community. In an effort to strengthen our support to parents, teachers and students, we are asking to complete a simple survey for feedback on we can better serve our community better for our next parent conferences. Please log into the following link:

As a reminder to all, we value your input and believe it is important that we continue to work as a team to support every child’s learning.

In an effort to keep our community informed, we have started the process on evaluating our resources and preparedness for a possible return to a hybrid model to school at 50% or less. Rest assure our administrators, clerical and custodial staff have been tested for covid through our District testing sites, we are also assessing each classroom by ensuring classrooms are sanitized, furniture moved, mounting hand sanitizers in each classroom, redirecting traffic flow and purchasing PPE supplies of face masks, gloves and cleaning supplies to ensure everyone will be safe. For a future return to a hybrid-learning model, EVERYONE must do their part by wearing a mask, watch you’re your distance and always washing your hands. We Can Get Through This!

I remind everyone that we will continue forward with our imagination and courage and perseverance, and lift each other as a learning community! #We are Bell Family! #We are Bell Strong!

In Partnership,

Rafael L. Balderas, Principal

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Why Does Attendance Matter? YES Attendance Always MATTERS!

As a reminder to all Bell High Scholars, everyone will need to attend classes every week, everyday and every period. The teachers and staff at Bell HS are here for you and want you to succeed. #Attendance Matters!

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@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 October 12 to October 15, 2020

Students Attendance = 2,348 out of 2,388 students for a 98%

Weekly Log-on Grade Leaders (schoology & zoom)

Grade 12 – 98.35% / Grade 11 – 98.45% / Grade 10 – 96.5% / Grade 9 – 96.4%

Congratulation We Have New Winner

“Juniors” Grade 11!!!

Got Tutoring? EduCare Has Tutoring!

EduCare will be offering virtual programs and lessons to support our students during the Fall. The following after school programs are being offered from 2:30 to 5:30 pm:

  1. After school tutoring in Math and English
  2. Enrichment classes in Art
  3. College advisory workshops
  4. Leadership development: Take Action Campaign

Pleas email EduCare directly

Zoom ID Meeting: 865 7966 538

Need Parent Portal? Yes, We Got Parent Portal!

The Parent Portal is parent access to student information. It allows parents to view their student's records in real-time. When a grade or attendance mark has been entered, you'll be able to see it right away. This access will keep you well informed of your student's progress. Our goal is to reach 100% of our parents, we ask all parents that do not have a parent portal account to please to sign up on the following link: Parent Portal Registration

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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:

As a reminder, from October 1st to November 13th is CHOICES time for parents in selecting the next school for your 8th grader. Please log onto the following link and select Bell HS:

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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:

  1. LAUSD Mental Health Hotline (213) 241-3840 M-F 6am-6pm
  2. LA County Department of Mental Health (800) 854-7771
  3. Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Hotline (877) 727-4747 (24 hours)
  4. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255) (24 hours)
  5. 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:

How are we doing in feeding our community? We Feed Our Learning Community!

As a reminder to our parents the schools Grab & Go Food Distribution Center continues to help our school community everyday from Monday to Friday from 7 to 10 am! Please drive up on Pine Ave. and NO ID is required. Our motto will always be “No Family Will GO Hungry”.

Is Monday PURPLE Schedule? YES Monday is PURPLE Schedule!

As a reminder, this Monday, October 12, 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!

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Purple & GOLD Bell Schedule from Tuesday to Friday

As a reminder please follow our regular Tuesday to Friday bell schedule, see schedule below:

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Do We Have Social Media? Yes We Got Social Media!

For the latest information please follow your Academy on Twitter Social Media:


Bell High School @bellhighschool

AVID Academy @BHSAVID_familia

Global Studies Academy @BHSGlobalStudy

MTCA Academy @bhs_mtca

STEM Magnet @BHSGiftedMagnet