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BCOPE Reaches Out as Volunteers

posted by Butch Richards   [ updated ]

Students at Belfast Community Outreach Program in Education (BCOPE) performed some community service, as they pitched in to move and stack firewood at the Searsmont Waldo County Woodshed, http://waldocountywoodshed.org/index.htm

The Searsmont location is one of seven in the greater Waldo County area. The Woodshed is a non-profit organization that provides free firewood for anyone needing heating assistance. They are open through the winter, providing 1/4 cord piles of firewood for short term heating assistance. Wood is available on a first come first serve basis and recipients must sign up in advance. Call 338-2692 for info.

From left to right: Dylan Proctor, Gage Armstrong (in profile), Logan Stevens, Kyle Hews, Avery Kreamer, Damien Tripp, Octavia Evans, Owen Allen (center back), Shannon Johnson, Julia Daniello,  Andrew and Allie Cayer, Clara Snow

SAT Prep Class Coming, Free at BAHS! Click Here for More Info.

posted Jan 22, 2018, 2:32 PM by Butch Richards   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 2:34 PM ]

SAT Prep Class Flyer 17/18

BAHS Recognized for Advanced Placement Courses!

posted Jan 19, 2018, 7:31 AM by Butch Richards   [ updated Jan 19, 2018, 7:31 AM ]

Our school district, RSU 71, was just selected to the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll.  Belfast Area High School is the district's high school. This is a great reflection on the AP Program here, and our staff as a whole.

The honor roll consists of 447 school districts in the US and Canada that simultaneously achieved increases in access to Advanced Placement courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam.

Dylan Mitchell's Writing is Published

posted Jan 19, 2018, 7:23 AM by Butch Richards   [ updated Jan 19, 2018, 7:23 AM ]

Dylan had a piece published again in Teen Ink magazine! Dylan's "The Seasons of Love" was chosen and should be viewed by half a million readers. Congratulations!

Mattress Sale Fundraiser at BAHS for Our Music and Arts:

posted Jan 12, 2018, 10:08 AM by Butch Richards   [ updated Jan 17, 2018, 5:57 PM ]

 Saturday, January 20, at Belfast Area High School, 10am-4pm. Simmons Beautyrest, Therapedic, and Malouf on display. Twin from $259, Full from $279, Queen from $299, King/CA-King from $499. All sizes, styles, and name brand available up to 50% below retail. Showroom set-up with 20+ displays and expert assistance. Financing is available.

2018 Post-Grad Forum at BAHS

posted Jan 7, 2018, 5:55 AM by Butch Richards   [ updated Jan 7, 2018, 5:56 AM ]

    On January 5, 2018, Belfast Area High School held its fifth annual Postgraduate Forum.  Recent past graduates were invited to attend during the school day to talk to Sophomores and Seniors about what they are doing in college, travel, internships, and gap years.  They offered insights about college and life after high school.  Students noted how they felt prepared for college and what they wished they knew more about before leaving home.  They discussed the joys of choosing what they want to study, the freedom to make their own decisions, and the difficulty and stress of learning how to manage their money.  They talked about life at college and school, roommates, activities, and travel at college that they are able to access.  Some have changed majors and colleges since their first semesters.  They also talked about their career goals after college.

     Due to the generosity of the postgraduates and their time, this presentation has grown so that we have enough postgraduates to speak to the tenth grade class as well, about college opportunities. The School Counseling Department hopes this interactive presentation inspires young students to plan ahead earlier in high school for postgraduate opportunities after high school.  Hearing from peers closer to their own age is very meaningful to students.  The forum was sponsored by the school’s MELMAC grant.

     The School Counseling Department provided lunch for the post grads immediately following the presentations, and everyone had a nice time socializing and catching up.  

Mr. Murphy on Tour Again

posted Jan 5, 2018, 5:18 AM by Butch Richards   [ updated Jan 5, 2018, 5:19 AM ]

Mr. Murphy applied for a scholarship to attend the annual Maine Humanities Council Winter Weekend, a two day course at Bowdoin College on —this year— Anthony Trollope’s novel The Way We Live Now. Mr. Murphy was chosen to attend this year’s Winter Weekend for free–on behalf of the Maine Humanities Council. Congratulations Mr. Murphy! It’s exciting to consider the possibilities of how your experience at Winter Weekend will translate back to your classroom.

Mid-Year Exam Schedule:

posted Jan 5, 2018, 2:24 AM by Butch Richards   [ updated Jan 5, 2018, 2:26 AM ]

Mid-Term Exams will be held Tuesday through Friday, 1/16-1/19/18. 
Students need only be present for their exams, unless arrangements have been made with teachers for remediation activity. Buses will run at the normal times, however, students choosing to stay for the whole day will be assigned study halls when not taking their exams. 
Parents may drop off and pick up students anytime throughout the day of mid-term week. 
The Exam schedule is as follows: 
Tuesday - 7:45 Period 1 exam; 10:00 Period 5 
Wednesday - 7:45 Period 2 exam; 10:00 Period 6 
Thursday - 7:45 Period 3 exam; 10:00 Period 7 
Friday - 7:45 - Period 4 exam; 10:00 period 8

"The lights" by Dylan Mitchell

posted Dec 12, 2017, 2:53 PM by Butch Richards   [ updated Dec 12, 2017, 2:53 PM ]

From Principal McLean: "Congratulations to Dylan Mitchell, who is now  published author!"

Dear Dylan,

Congratulations from Teen Ink. Your article, The lights, is now featured on the front page of the Poetry section of TeenInk.com! Simply click this link and scroll down to the "Most Recently Submitted..." section of the page. If you don't look soon enough, another article might be approved by our editors and might appear there instead.... so you might want to go there quickly!

To share this news with your friends and family, simply forward them this link: http://www.teenink.com/poetry/

Teen Ink Staff
Teen Ink  |  Box 30, Newton MA  02461  Our website: www.teenink.com  |  Submit Your Work: www.teenink.com/Submissions

The lights

~Dylan Mitchell

I lay there, my bare feet exposed on the cool green grass. The dry summer air lifted my gaze to the sky, as I lay on the lawn my fingers intertwined with hers.

“Have you ever seen the northern lights?” I asked her, pulling my gaze from the stars only to see them twinkling in her eyes instead, like a vast ocean of lights.

“What if they don’t come out tonight?” She asks. I study her face, soft, and safe.

“They will.” I assure her with a quick smile. We both fix our gaze on the dark blanket of stars above. Time passes in an odd manner when I am with her. Every second lasts twice as long, but I am twice as aware when one is gone I remember calling out the satellites drifting through the sky like skaters on the ice, a beacon of our existence in a place we don’t belong. A flash of light streaks across the sky. A star falling from it’s home in the sky, blessing us with a wish. I feel her hand grip mine tighter, and I grip hers the same way. I look over to her, her face still locked on the sky. The moonlight and stars illuminate her Ivory skin, the freckles on her face falling from her nose to her cheeks like a waterfall. I knew I loved her then. I had spent so much time admiring her that I had not noticed her change of expression. Her eyes open wide, staring up into the world above. I took another moment to admire her eyes in the moonlight. They were a pale blue, almost a silver. I could stare at them forever. If only this night were forever…

“You were right.” She said breaking the silence.

“They are beautiful.” I turn my head upwards to see a symphony of colors swirling in a sky, glittered with stars.  Beautiful shades of shamrock and lavender lit up my now wide eyes. I had seen the lights before, but this was different. It’s like the gods were shining down on us, giving us our own light show, knowing that this night would be locked in our memories for eternity. I suddenly feel the urge to ask and so I do.

“Jade, what did you wish for?” She lay there her eyes fixed on the indigo skyline. And after what seemed like forever, with a soft and certain voice, one that I will never forget, She replied.


"Students of the Quarter" for the 1st Quarter Announced!

posted Dec 5, 2017, 10:16 AM by Butch Richards   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 10:16 AM ]

Students of the Quarter
BAHS student working on the yearbook  proposed a new student recognition tradition. that was accepted by the faculty. Students of the Quarter will be both nominated and voted on by staff and students and recognized by students with certificates and tee-shirts at that month's Spotlight on Core Values Assembly.  Our French teacher and yearbook advisor Mrs. Ogden has graciously agreed to oversee the program. Students photographs will be posted on the school webpage and their names and photos will be sent to the local newspaper. Students will be selected on the basis of their embodying one or more of the school's Core Values.  

Ethical Integrity
Problem-Solving Skills
Respect for Diversity

In May we will have a Pizza Party for all Students of the Quarter. 
Students of the Quarter for our fist quarter are:
Grade 12:
Shawn Kivlin
Amber Beaulieu
Grade 11:
Isobel Kelly
Jadyn Buchanan
Grade 10: 
Syd Sanders
Klairha Larrabee 
Grade 9: 
Ashley Blais
Ethan Hall

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