Business & Technology Quarterly

Academy Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 1

Our Mission

We empower life-long learners who are innovative problem-solvers with a passion for Business and Technology developed through relevant learning experiences, supported by staff, parents, and community businesses. We hope that this newsletter provides an avenue for you to stay up to date on the great things happening in the Business and Technology Academy of Belton High School.

Real-World Connections


In Mr. Chris Wells’ Honors English II class, he has tasked students with an interactive and thought-provoking project titled BeltonX. The BeltonX Project is designed for students to have a voice in their community. Often, students feel that their school life and their home/community life are two separate entities. Projects like this encourage students to express their voices and promote new forms of learning.

Sophomores Marcella Mauk and Luci Burr created an idea for a summer job fair from the promptings of this project. This summer job fair, ideally hosted at BHS in the month of May, will hopefully offer students employment during their summer breaks. Mauk said, “This proposed job fair will provide high school students with opportunities that they may not have otherwise.”

Another pair in Mr. Wells’ class, sophomores D.J. Renwick and Paris Wilkins, decided to create their BeltonX project over the possibility of a men’s volleyball team. “It will benefit our community a lot. It creates another competitive sport and another sport for boys in our community,” Renwick said.

Mr. Wells said that regardless of the topics his students created, the most exciting part of this project is watching students realize they have great ideas for the school and the community that they might not be able to showcase in other classes. “Students are invested in the education that they can relate to, so putting this in their hands and watching them flourish is such a great experience,” he said.

To successfully complete this project, students presented their projects to BHS staff and students during the week of October 25th. For more on this project, you can follow Mr. Wells on Twitter @coachwells32.

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FCCLA/ProStart Provides Food for College Career Fair

Belton’s chapter of FCCLA catered a loaded baked potato bar for college and career representatives who presented at the BHS-hosted College and Career Fair on October 20. Mrs. Sarah Hinton, FCCLA adviser, and FACS teacher said that she hoped her students saw the amount of hard work that went into planning and executing a large-scale catered event. “Serving for a catered event is different from working in a restaurant. My students learned about quantity cooking versus serving individual plates, and service skills that are necessary and valuable with hosting people they haven’t met before,” Hinton said.

Senior and FCCLA president Dre Nugent played a crucial role in the catered event. This was the first FCCLA-catered event that he’s been involved with, and he learned just how much prep work and organization is involved with such an event.

Because of his coursework and training in Ms. Hinton’s FACS classes and his involvement with FCCLA, Nugent is inspired to become a culinary teacher for his future career.

September Students of the Month

October Students of the Month

CTSO Spotlight

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) are an important part of a student's high school experience for many reasons. This section will provide details about different CTSOs and the opportunities students have within them.

This month’s featured Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) is Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). This organization’s purpose is for students to develop their leadership and workplace skills. Students who are a part of this organization have the opportunity to participate in field trips, competitions, and real-world experiences that are skills typically learned in Family and Consumer Sciences classes.

Important Dates

10/22/21 - End of 1st Quarter

11/01/21 - Winter Sports Begin

11/01/21 - No School/PD

11/09 - 11/10 - Senior School/Cap and Gown Pictures

11/10/21 - School Picture Retakes

11/11/21 - BHS Theater - Cinderella The Musical

11/12/21 - No School/Work Day

11/24-26 - No School/Thanksgiving Break

11/29/21 - No School/PD

12/07/21 - Midterm Reports

12/22 - 01/03 - Winter Break

12/11/21 - ACT Test Day

01/03/22 - No School

01/07/22 - Courtwarming (Tentative)

01/12-13 - Semester Finals