The Bellflower Beat 1.10.23
Bellflower Middle/High School Newsletter
One semester is DONE! Welcome back to the start of 2nd semester!
Listed below are just a few reminders:
- Bellflower Middle/High School does not permit any drop-offs or deliveries of food or other items. Please ensure that your student is prepared for the day when coming to school in the morning with their lunch, supplies, money, etc.
- Dress Code. Please be sure that your student follows the dress code and wears appropriate clothing and accessories. Bellflower hats are also the only school approved hat that can be worn at school. Also, students may not bring blankets to campus.
- No returning back to campus. If a student has an early release (7th or 8th period), once the student leaves campus, they may not return to campus. Parents - please ensure that your students are going home early if they have the early release.
For a full list of student policies on attendance and dress code, please click here.
1st Day Of School - Wednesday, January 11th @ 8:30am
Just a reminder that the first day of school is on Wednesday, January 11th, starting at 8:30am for 1st period. It is a Maroon Day (Odd Periods: 1, 3, 5, 7). We look forward to seeing our students!
Students should report to their first period class that they had from last semester. If the student's schedule has changed, the student will be provided with a short grace period at the beginning of the period to go to the new class. An announcement will be made over the intercom.
The counseling staff will distribute schedules to students who had a non-traditional 1st period class (Home Period, Cerritos College, etc...).
Free Covid At-Home Tests
USPS is still sending out sets of 4 free at-home tests, with a limit of 1 order per residential address. Just in case anyone would like to get a few tests delivered home.
Click here to access the link: https://special.usps.com/testkits
Cool Class Spotlight!
In today's newsletter, Bellflower Middle/High School wanted to highlight one of our performing arts group, led by Mr. Omar Vidana. Mr. Vidana leads multiple classes on campus, including Concert Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Band. He also oversees our Colorguard students as well! Our award-winning groups have performed at many events throughout the years. We are proud of the accomplishments of our musical groups, and continue to look forward to future performances.
Panda Express Fundraiser coming soon! Friday, January 13, 2023
Support Bellflower High School on Friday, January 13! You can order at any Panda Express that permits order pick-up or delivery. All orders must go through the Panda Express website or Panda Express app; all orders must be ordered via the internet (not valid for orders placed inside the restaurant itself). Be sure to use the Online Order Code 912135
Thank you for your support! :)
Feel free to distribute the following flyer as well.
School Holiday Approaching!!!
Just a reminder that there is NO SCHOOL for students on Monday, January 16th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This is to mark the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
Save the Date!
Navigation Night: Thursday, January 26, 2023
Early College Academy for Class of 2027
Early College Academy: Earn College Credits in High School
8th grade Class of 2027 students can soon earn college credits during high school. We are recruiting a new cohort of students for our Early College Academy! Students can earn Cerritos College credits starting in 9th grade! Please join us for our Student and Family Information Night on Wednesday, January 18th from 6pm-7pm in the cafeteria. Come find out about the advantages of our Early College Academy!
Click here to watch a video of current students talking about their experience in the Early College Academy
Click the brochures below to learn more about the Early College Academy in English, or in Spanish.
NWEA Map Growth Exam
Bellflower Middle School [Grades 7 and 8 only] students will be taking Round 2 of the NWEA MAP Growth Exams, which starts the week of January 10th. Students will take 3 exams: Reading, English, and Math. The purpose of these exams is to assist the teacher, school, and district with developing a plan of action on how to best help our students, based upon student scores. Students will take these exams when they have their classes for Math, English, and History or Health. The exams will be completed by January 25th.
High School students will take this exam near the beginning of March.
2022-2023 Bellflower Middle & High School Scholarship List
The 2022-2023 Scholarship List is now available! The list has over 80 scholarships with deadlines from December to June. Scholarships are available for middle and high school students. There are merit and need-based scholarships. There are also scholarships specifically for graduating seniors, minority students, undocumented students, student athletes and different hobbies and career interests.
Winter break is a great time for students to apply for scholarships! Review the scholarship list carefully and apply to scholarships that you are eligible for. Remember, an hour of your time completing a scholarship may win you $1,000!
To access the scholarship list, click on the link: https://bit.ly/BMHS-2022-2023-scholarships
Visit the College and Career Center in Room 401 if you have any questions about the scholarships on the list or if you need a brag sheet.
Class of 2023 - FAFSA & California Dream Act Application
Hey Seniors, HAVE YOU DONE YOUR FAFSA OR CALIFORNIA DREAM ACT APPLICATION? If you are planning to attend college in the Fall of 2023 and want money to pay for college then you should complete your FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application as soon as possible! Deadline is March 2nd!
WHAT ARE THE FAFSA AND CA DREAM ACT APPLICATION?
FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid – Application to apply for federal, state and institutional (college/university) financial aid. For U.S. Citizens or eligible noncitizens ONLY
CADAA – California Dream Act Application - Application to apply for California state financial aid (Cal Grant) and institutional (college/university) financial aid. For undocumented students
If you need help completing your FAFSA or CADAA, stop by the College and Career Center in Room 401 during lunch, after school or a home period. See Ms. Campos, College & Career Counselor, to find out what information is needed to complete the FAFSA/CADAA.
Senior Grad Week Information
Starting in the 2nd Semester, Mr. Harrison (Room 704) will be offering an after school enrichment opportunity for all ELD students. It will be offered on Maroon days from 3:45 to 4:30. There is no set time. Students may come for 5 minutes or 45 minutes. This opportunity is available to help ELD students with simple questions, making up missed work in ELD, help on current ELD assignments, or having a safe and quiet place to do assignments. It is completely voluntary and is a drop by, informal approach. What it is not is a hangout place to socialize or play computer games.
Did you know that free online tutoring is being provided by the BUSD district?
PAPER Online Tutoring isavailable for all students in 4th-12th grade through their Clever account. Students may ask tutors questions through the chat feature using the PAPER APP to get help with homework, feedback on their writing, or support with studying for assessments. The APP can be found in the Google Play and Apple APP store.
Click here to register for a free parent webinar (provided in English and Spanish). If your child needs more information about how to use PAPER, they can watch the following videos for more information:
Click here to watch the video titled "How Do Students Access 24/7 Live Help on PAPER?"
Click here to watch the video titled "How Do Students Use PAPER's Essay Review?"
Every Californian can now access free online tutoring at any hour of the day, thanks to a new initiative offering educational resources to K-12 students and adult learners. The resource is part of an investment in public libraries announced Sept. 12 by California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Real-time homework help is now available "on the websites of any of the 1,130 local public libraries around the state," and here. The HelpNow pilot program currently offers help in math and language arts, in English and Spanish, at any time of the day or night. Help for "other core K-12 subjects" is available between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog, with no age limit to who can take advantage of the resource.
ELAC Meeting #3 - Thursday, February 2, 2023 @ 8:45am
Parents and Guardians: Please join us on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at 8:45am for our 3rd official ELAC Meeting for the 2022-2023 school year. The meeting will take place in Room 413 (meeting location may change). We will have a Spanish interpreter at the meeting as well. ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) invites any parent or guardian, but we especially would like to see parents of students who are English Language Learners.
Please click here to be redirected to the ELAC website to learn more about the committee, and to find the agenda and/or minutes of meetings as well.
Senior Ads and HS Yearbook Information
Please read the following information regarding the High School Yearbook. The current cost is now $95 ($85 prior to Winter Break). In addition, we also sell pages in the high school yearbook as well. The costs are listed on the attached flyer, posted below, that you can download. If you have any questions regarding the high school yearbook, please contact Ms. Lisa Jass, in Room 202. If you have questions regarding payments, please contact the ASB Office.
Every year the yearbook offers parents and students the ability to buy senior ads in the yearbook to honor their graduating seniors. This year is no different. We are extending our original deadline from December 16th, 2022 to January 31st, 2023 to give you the opportunity to purchase these senior ads for your students. The information is in the attached document. If you choose to participate, please read the document, pay for your ad through the ASB office or the website and fill out the form linked through the document. The yearbook staff appreciates your support.
College & Career Center
The College & Career Center (Room 401) is here to assist students with college applications, scholarships, financial aid, resumes, work permits, and other college and career information.
Counselor Assignment Changes For the 2022-2023 School Year
SENIOR STUDENTS! Did you know that several PTSA groups in our community offer scholarships? But, you can only qualify to receive a PTSA scholarship if you are a member! So, join today!
Click here to be redirected to TOTEM, the website that our PTSA uses for online membership payments. Or, you can also go to the front office to pick up a membership envelope as well, if you prefer to pay with cash or check.
Thank you in advance for joining our Bellflower Middle/High School PTSA!
Bellflower Middle/High School
Location: 15301 McNab Avenue, Bellflower, CA, USA