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Belmont Students Shine Alongside Hollywood’s Women of the Year

Hollywood gathered to salute powerful performances and talented industry leaders, December 6th. Belmont mentees Mey Sok and Ana Sotomayor were recognized for their work and received a 10,000 dollar scholarship to a university of their choice. “It came as a surprise,” said Sotomayor. “After I heard the news, I felt ecstatic that an organization was willing to fund my dreams of going to college. I’m very appreciative of the program and the support they have given me during the two years of participation.”

Much to the surprise of recent graduate Carla Arellano, she was awarded the first annual full-ride Wonder Woman scholarship to Loyola Marymount University where she is currently a freshman. Gal Gadot, the star of Wonder Woman, and singing sensation Justin Timberlake presented Arellano with the honor as the star-studded crowd gave her a standing ovation. Warner Brothers and LMU provided this generous scholarship.

Second-year photography student Mhret Gebremiceal was immersed into the world of red carpet reporting, interviewing stars from This Is Us and Once Upon a Time, in addition to Shonda Rhimes, the creator of the hit shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Gebremiceal also spoke to co-founder and CEO of DreamWorks Animation Jeffrey Katzenberg and acclaimed actress Glenn Close. “It was overwhelming in a good way,” said Gebremiceal. “I was honored to meet people I’ve admired for so long and I was excited to represent Belmont alongside People Magazine, InStyle, Glamour, and E! Entertainment News.”

Comedian Sarah Silverman opened the ceremony, Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, and the highlight of the morning was Hollywood’s generosity to the inner city students in the mentoring program.
“I feel honored that the Women in Entertainment program has helped me have easier access to higher education,” said Mey Sok. “I know that I will always have support from not only the girls in my program, but from Jenny Vasquez and my mentor Sarah Bremner. Ana Sotomayor feels an equal sense of appreciation. “Even though the mentorship is over, I still feel like I gained a big sister for an entire lifetime.”

Look for follow up interviews with the stars of Hollywood and Belmont in an upcoming post.

RED CARPET REPORTING BY MHRET GEBREMICEAL
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Belmont Welcomes Assistant Principal Jorge Calderon

A Message from Mr. Calderon,

Starting a new year gives us the opportunity to make new plans, design new strategies, and implement new ideas. There is a special kind of joy and satisfaction in planning lessons and activities for a new class; for although the grade level or subject may be the same, the students are new, and they will appreciate the planning that is done for them. Whether one’s responsibility is administrating, supervising, teaching, preparing lunches, maintaining a building, or managing an office, there is always room for improvement and new ways to do a good job better.

As your new assistant principal, I am very happy to be a member of the Belmont family. Each of us is a part of the fabric that holds things together here. Belmont is a great place to be because of you, our dedicated staff, and our parents and community, sharing a common goal ~ to do what is best for our students ~ and looking for ways to build on and achieve that goal.

As we embark upon our mission, we must concentrate on the processes that spark continuous growth: evaluating what we are doing, determining what we can do to improve, and by identifying what we need in order to make those improvements. In whatever we do, we must hold high expectations of ourselves and of our students, we must be accountable for the work we do and we must share in the responsibility of making sure our students are successful.

I look forward to another great year! In so doing, I invite you to share in the mission and vision of our school, providing all of our students with high quality teaching and learning and exposure to college and careers, in an environment that is safe and secure with many experiences and opportunities that will guide them in becoming lifelong learners and productive members of society.
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To my fellow Sentinel families and friends

It is with great sadness that I let you know I will not be returning to Belmont in the fall.
Unfortunately, I am being displaced and will have a different position somewhere.

I will miss all of you and have loved my time at Belmont as your very proud principal.
The teachers and staff will guide and support our students as learners and I know the
fabulous alumni will continue their participation.

Students, if you need to reach me, please let one of the office staff or counselors know. They have my cell number. I am available as you need.

I wish you the best this coming year and hope to see you at some games!

Once a Sentinel, always a Sentinel!

With love and respect for Belmont and for you,

Kristen McGregor, Ed.D.
Principal – Belmont High School
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Belmont Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

Administrators Dr. McGregor and Carolina Robles hosted a special lunch for the staff featuring delicious offerings from a taco truck in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Enjoying a reprieve from the normal lunch fare, teachers savored a chance to commune with colleagues over a freshly cooked meal. Thanks to everyone who made this sweet gesture of appreciation possible.
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