BHS Tiger News
Week of December 5, 2021
Belleville High School
Greetings, BHS Families!
As mentioned during one of our earlier communications, students planned and organized a Solidarity Sit-In to recognize and remember the loss of life and support the other victims and community of the Oxford School tragedy. Initially, some students planned to hold a “walk out”, absent communication with administration and security (which always poses a potential safety threat). Instead, after proper collaboration, students prepared speeches and a presentation, coordinated moments of silence, made signs, chose to wear Oxford colors (blue and gold) for the day, and finally gathered in the gym to form an “O” for Oxford. We again are so proud of our Tigers for stepping up and honoring the victims and families! Our Building Leadership Team and some individual classes have more activities planned for this week, with the final goal of sending the pictures and created items to Oxford school representatives.
Students were reminded this week of various safety protocols that have been and will continue to be stressed in the building:
Door Safety: students must not open doors for anyone, nor prop open doors. After morning arrival, all building entry must performed at the Main Office, which is a secure entrance (visitors must be buzzed in). Additionally, it is important for students to always be present in their assigned areas at all times, or have a pass from staff otherwise.
Say Something: anytime students see something suspicious or potentially threatening, they are instructed to report this to a staff member or administrator.
Drills: We completed Lock Down, Fire, and Tornado Drills in early September, another Fire Drill last month, and we will have another Lock Down (which includes ALICE) drill THIS Friday. These are scheduled, by law, on a regular basis. We will continue to stress the importance of these practice runs with our student body.
Ban on Fighting: Since instituting stronger consequences for fighting, - which is also a school safety issue - we have had a good number of students reach out to us for conflict resolution. Counselors, our SRC Specialist, and BHS Administrators all support students in resolving conflict to not only avoid violence, but allow students to attend school peacefully, knowing that issues have been resolved.
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We are pleased to begin our Tutoring Program, hosted by teachers, staff, and NHS students to further support student learning, and provide more individualized help to students as needed. This program is free of charge to our students. Click HERE to view the current offerings, as well as available days and times.
EARLY COLLEGE APPLICATIONS
Attention all Sophomore students and families, the selection process for next years Early College students has begun. If you have interest and/or plan to apply, please attend the VIRTUAL informational Google Meet on Tuesday, December 7th @ 6:00 pm.
Students should join the 2022 Cohort Classroom to secure the video meeting link and application....2022 Cohort Google Classroom Join Code = lildczv
There will be time provided for questions and answers after the presentation, I am also available at the contacts listed below.
Belleville Early College Coordinator
School # 1 (734) 697-9133 ext. 2043
Cell # (734) 260-7338
BHS DRESS CODE REMINDER
- Please remember that Crop Tops, Pajamas and Pajama pants are inappropriate attire for the classroom. Students must refrain from wearing these items to school.
This is Week #15 of Semester 1
Important Dates and Upcoming Events:
Dec 6th: After School Tutoring Program begins
Dec 7th: Course Test Out - register with your counselor by Dec. 6th
Dec 7th: Concert Bands Winter Concert, 7:30pm
Dec 9th: Freshman/Symphony Band & Varsity Band Concert, 7:30pm
Dec 14th: Jazz Band Concert, 7:30pm
Dec 17th: Last Day of School, students return on January 3, 2022
Have a great week everyone, and GO TIGERS!
~ Principal Crockett, AP Mrs. Green, AP Mr. Roberson, AP Mr. Wright, BNT Director Mr. Wilsey, and AD Mr. Brodie
IN THE WAKE of the tragedy at Oxford High School, BHS Counseling Staff would like to reinforce our commitment to the social and emotional well-being of all students. Our offices are open to all to talk through this horrific event. We would also encourage you to talk with your students as well. We know that this can be a difficult conversation, therefore, we are providing tips for talking with teens about violence.
Talking with Teens about Violence
Adapted from, Family Education.
What to Say
The best thing that we can do for our adolescent children is talk with them honestly about shootings and violence in America. And then listen carefully to what they say back to us. Teenagers like and need a lot of privacy, so they may not be willing to share many details of their personal lives. However, let them know you're available, and feel free to talk with them about your feelings concerning school shootings. Here are some examples of what you might say.
I think this is terrifying.
Let kids know how you honestly feel about what happened. If you talk freely about your feelings, you're giving them permission to talk freely as well. Support your teen's feelings. If they seem indifferent, talk with them about how hard it is to cope with painful feelings.
I feel awful for those students and their families.
Compassion is an essential quality in a well-functioning human being. Letting your kids see your strong feelings about the victims nurtures compassion. It also helps teens distinguish between the shootings and film or video violence.
This is not likely to happen in your school.
Kids need to be reassured that they are safe. In fact, this kind of violence is not likely to occur at most schools.
I wonder if you feel safe at school?
Try to get a sense about how your kids are feeling at school. Talk with them about things that you and your community are doing to keep schools safe.
If someone you know talks a lot about violence or threatens violence, to herself or others, tell me or someone at school about it.
This is a life-or-death conversation. In spite of their natural tendencies to protect each other and respect privacy, teenagers need to know when they should break their code of silence and confide in an adult about another teen's behavior. In doing so, they're actually helping troubled kids get necessary assistance.
They keep saying that the boy who did the shooting was picked on at school.
It is important to talk with kids about alienation, coping with anger, and social ostracism. While most high-school social situations will not lead to violence, life can be pretty painful for kids who don't fit the norm.
I don't know exactly why this happened, but here are some things that worry me about the situation.
Unlike younger children, teenagers are capable of understanding some of the complex social forces that cause violence. Talk honestly with your teen about your concerns; whether it's gun control, media violence, or how kids treat each other in school. Ask for their opinions about what caused the shooting.
Sincerely, the Counseling Team
Our local scholarships page has been updated. Please take a look at the new scholarships that have been added. Counselors and the college advisor are available to assist with applications and essays.