Bell High School

Principals Update Week 29

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From The Desk of Rafael L. Balderas, Principal

Greetings Bell HS Family,

I hope this message finds you and your family in great health and sound in mind.


The mid-year progress of the second semester is upon us, and it is now time to meet with our parents and students and provide support on how to complete the remainder of the school year with success. To that end, next week we will start our Spring Parent Conferences from Monday, March 22nd to Thursday, March 25th afters school from 4 to 6 pm to meet with parents on their sons and/or daughters academic progress. As A REMINDER Parent-Teacher conferences help our families build a strong communication with their children’s teacher. During these conferences, parents and guardians will review student goals, discuss academic progress and plan for success. As a parent we value your input and believe it is important that we work as a team to support your child’s learning. Hoping to see everyone virtually next week for Parent-Teacher conferences. We Can Do This!


Secondly, A Return to Campus Family Guide is now available, with detailed information to help you decide whether your child will return to school for the remainder of the semester or continue with online instruction. Please download the English guide here: https://reopening.lausd.net/familyguide

and the Spanish guide here: https://achieve.lausd.net/cms/lib/CA01000043/Centricity/Domain/4/family%20guide_spanish.pdf you may download on any mobile or digital device, and read it carefully.


In conclusion, I will continue to reiterate, If we are to return to any model of face to face learning, EVERYONE must do their part by wearing a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands, Covid test and remain home. We Got This!


In Partnership,

Rafael L. Balderas, Principal

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences? We Got Spring Conferences!

For our upcoming Spring Teacher-Parent Conferences, we will be requiring students with 3 or more D’s and F’s to attend parent conferences. Our teachers will be reaching out to you and schedule a date and time. Our office will also be calling parents to confirm your attendance. All teachers will be reaching out to students and parents to schedule a parent conference via zoom. Conferences have been scheduled after school from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, starting the week of March 22, each department will have a designated day for parent conferences:

· Monday March 22: Math and ROP

· Tuesday March 23: English and VPA

· Wednesday March 24: Science and World Languages

· Thursday March 25: Social Studies, SPED and PE


For more information please call the main office at (323) 832-4702 or 4704 or please email your son or daughters' teacher by locating his or her office hours on this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kz2Lz54p_EaZ9NOCPyEIWvrRZbbAsLEWTKqDaKyilqU/edit?usp=sharing

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NEED CREDIT RECOVERY? WE GOT SPRING PLUS CREDIT RECOVERY!

Once again Bell HS will be hosting Spring Plus Credit Recovery for all students in need og making up a class. Classes are scheduled from Saturday, March 27 to Saturday April 3, 2021 for 7 days 35 hours. Virtual school hours will start at 9 am ending at 2:30 pm with a 30 minute lunch.

Please email Mr. Gomez, Intervention Counselor at jrg3922@lausd.net.

Or you may sign-up to take class on the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdTPlkp8sKtMeyv6W_aN68e32ksO5jkQImQHENlS3m9nFssRw/viewform

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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.

If you need help in finishing your FAFSA or Dream Act Applications, please contact:

Mr. Marquez at fxm94721@lausd.net or please visit our Bell High Schol Virtual College Center at: https://bit.ly/BellCollegeCenter

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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


As a reminder our Testing Center for all Bell HS students and families is located at Maywood Academy HS at 6125 Pine Avenue, Maywood CA. Please note LAUSD will start Covid Testing on Saturdays, March 6, 2021. Please make an appointment prior to your arrival.

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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 March 15-19, 2021

Students Virtual Attendance = 2,312 out of 2,376 students for a 97%

Weekly Log-on Grade Leaders (schoology & zoom)

Grade 12 – 97.6% / Grade 11 – 94.9% / Grade 10 – 95.9% / Grade 9 – 95.2%

Congratulation Class of 2021 “Seniors” Grade 12 You Are Still on Top!

WE GOT Sharing Brings Hope Combined Charitable Campaign!

For more than twenty years, Sharing Brings Hope Combined Charitable Campaign has pooled the efforts of many of the most respected and successful charitable agencies in Los Angeles into a single, district-wide fund-raising endeavor to support the holistic wellbeing of all LAUSD community members and stakeholders. Bell High School’s goal is to improve the quality of life for all people in all communities, today and always. Your support of this campaign and these organizations is greatly welcomed and appreciated. Our camping will end April 9, 2021.


Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJr8xqnToWA

To Donate: Student, Parent, and Community Contributions can be made at Non-Staff Giving Portal

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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:

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YES, MONDAY IS GOLD SCHEDULE!

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

As a reminder our next Food Bank is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, 2021 to our families and community members. Also be reminded our Bell HS Grab & Go Food Distribution Center continues to serve meals 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”.

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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:

ALPHA Academy @BHS_ALPHA

Bell High School @bellhighschool

AVID Academy @BHSAVID_familia

Global Studies Academy @BHSGlobalStudy

MTCA Academy @bhs_mtca

STEM Magnet @BHSGiftedMagnet