Belchertown High School

Belchertown High School (BHS) is located in Belchertown, Massachusetts. The high school is home to grades 9 through 12. The building has three floors, a cafeteria, an auditorium, a library, and a gymnasium with an indoor-track on the upper floor.

Belchertown High School
Front-entry
Address
142 Springfield Road

,
01007

Information
School typePublic
Open enrollment[1]
PrincipalChristine Vigneux
Enrollment710 (2016-17)[2]
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Black and orange         
Athletics conferenceMIAA Division 2
MascotBoris the Oriole
Team nameOrioles
Website

History

The building is on Springfield Road and was first used in the 2002-2003 school year. The high school used to be on North Washington Street, in the building which is now the Jabish Brook Middle School. The principal is Christine M. Vigneux, who is assisted by Mr. Douglas Daponde, the Vice Principal.

The high school offers many Advanced Placement courses (AP). The school holds very high MCAS scores in English.

The high school's motto is "The Belchertown High School educational community fosters academic excellence and responsible citizenship in a positive, safe, and respectful environment in order to develop productive contributors to society."

Music program

Belchertown High School's music program includes nine musical groups and ensembles including a Concert Band (9th & 10th grade students), Symphony Band (11th & 12th grade students), Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble 1, Percussion Ensemble 2, Marching Band, Concert Choir, and a Women's Choir. The band program has won numerous gold medals (the highest medal awarded) at MICCA, which is a high school band competition in Massachusetts. The choir program has also won numerous awards.

In 2012, the school's marching band, the Marching Orioles, performed in the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. On the same trip, the Belchertown High School Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Concert Band competed in the Orlando World Strides Heritage Festival and received numerous awards. [4]

In Spring 2014, the BHS Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Concert Band again received awards at the World Strides Heritage Festival in Chicago, Illinois, including the highest scoring ensemble (Symphony Band) and best overall program.

The Director of Bands was Lyndsay Boysen from 2008 to 2014. Dr. Brian Messier has been director since Fall 2014. The choir director is Susan Comstock. In the 2013-2014 school year, the program included more than 160 students.[5]

Athletics

Belchertown High School's athletic programs include football, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, lacrosse, swimming, track-and-field, and soccer teams. The boys soccer team won the Massachusetts Division 3 State Championship during Fall 2013.

Student and teacher population

In the 2014-2015 school year, there were more than 700 students enrolled at the school and more than 50 teachers.

Notes

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Monumental Staircase

BHS-Cafeteria

Cafeteria

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Cafeteria/Auditorium Lobby

Library-reading-area

Library

References

  1. ^ http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/schoolchoice/choice-status.pdf
  2. ^ "Belchertown High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  3. ^ http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/statereport/sat.aspx
  4. ^ Russell, Jim. "3 shares Belchertown High School singers, musicians win at Disney World". MassLive.com. Retrieved 6/2/17. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ N/A, N/A. "Department of Music Faculty". belchertownps.org. Retrieved 6/2/17. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

External links

Coordinates: 42°15′51″N 72°24′10″W / 42.2641°N 72.4029°W

List of high schools in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts public high schools
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