Bell High School

Principals Update Week 18

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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.

As we end the semester, I understand these are trying times, I would like to publicly thank our Bell HS staff members, for the herculean effort and a great first half of the school year!

I want our school learning community to know, regardless of the obstacles placed in front of us, as a school community we manage to overcome and accomplish the impossible. As your proud principal I am impressed by the character and resiliency we have exhibited as we unite to continue the work for our students. As we prepare for our "New Frontier" in January 2021, I ask that everyone rest, take care of your health and more importantly enjoy the holidays with your family!

As a reminder, our school along with all LAUSD schools will be closed for Winter Break from December 21, 2020 to January 8, 2021. The District has scheduled a Pupil Free Day on Monday, January 11, 2021 to prepare for the second semester. Remote learning will resume Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Finally, If we are to return to a hybrid model or any other model EVERYONE in our school learning community must do their part by wearing a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands and remain home. #WeAreBellStrong and #We AreBellFamily

We Are All In This Together!

In Partnership,

Rafael L. Balderas, Principal

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This is Principal Balderas from Bell HS with an important message for parents and guardians. This message is to inform you that your child may have received a failing grade in one or more courses for the Fall semester of the 2020-21 school year. Los Angeles Unified understands the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create challenges for students. As a result, all failing grades will be temporarily converted to an “Incomplete” to give students additional time to make up missing work and demonstrate proficiency so they can earn a passing grade.

Your child may be receiving an "Incomplete" form by Friday, December 18, 2020, detailing specific assignments and tasks your son and/or daughter must complete in order to improve their grade. All assignments must be completed and turned in to their teacherby Friday, January 29, 2021, in order for them to be counted. If a student does not complete the assignments listed on the Incomplete form, the failing grade will be reinstated to an “F” on February 1, 2021.

To help support your child, academic assistance will be available from a credentialed teacher in Drop-in Zoom sessions, provided by the school over the upcoming Winter Break, after school hours and on weekends through January 9, 2021.

Office Drop In Dates: December 19 to 24 & January 2 to 9

Office Drop In Hours:

English: 11 am to 12 pm

Math: 12 to 1 pm

Science & History: 1 to 2 pm

World Languages: 2 to 3 pmand

PE, VPA & CTE: 3 to 4 pm

Zoom ID:

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Bell HS will be offering Virtual Winter Plus for students that need to catch up on a class for graduation. Please email Mr. Juan Gomez at to register. Classes are scheduled from Saturday, January 2 to Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 9 am to 2:30 pm. We Got This!
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Attention ALL Seniors, during the Winter Break you may still email our College Counselor Mr. Marquez at or our College Assistant Mr. Farhan at to help you with your college applications. Also reach via email to your TELACU Talent Search, UCLA EAOP and ETS representatives all next week.

Please note there a very important due dates:

  • Private Schools most are due by January 1, 2021
  • California Dream Act Applications are due March 2, 2021
  • FASFA should be completed by March 2, 2021

For additional information please visit our Bell High Schol Virtual College Center at:


LAUSD will continue to Covid test through the Winter Break for 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

COVID testing dates will be on December 21, 23, 28, 30 and from January 4 to 8, 2021. Testing sites will be limited, please cross-reference with the flyer below for the nearest location. Please make an appointment prior to your arrival.

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It is the School Experience Survey Season!

The survey is for all employees, students, and parents.

Please Contact if you have any questions about the School Experience Survey. The Survey has been extended till January 22, 2021.
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  1. Each student should have received their own personal link to the Student Survey on their MyMail account
  2. There are NO student passwords this year
  3. Take the survey
  4. Take a screenshot of the Thank you page and upload it to your Advisory teacher.


  1. Going to
  2. Clicking on the appropriate Parent Survey button
  3. Choosing their child’s school from a drop-down menu to begin the survey.
  4. Take a screen shot for your child to upload on Schoology.

Social, Emotional & Mental Health? WE GOT SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING!

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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As a reminder, Bell High School along with all LAUSD schools will be closed for the Winter Break from Monday, December 21, 2020 to Friday, January 8, 2021. Have a great Winter Break!

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

Our next Food Bank distribution will be on Monday, December 30, 2020. As a reminder to our families and community members our schools 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:


Bell High School @bellhighschool

AVID Academy @BHSAVID_familia

Global Studies Academy @BHSGlobalStudy

MTCA Academy @bhs_mtca

STEM Magnet @BHSGiftedMagnet