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New Website

Bellaire Local School District is excited announce a newly designed website!

Over the past few months, we have been working to make the website informative, useful, and easy to navigate. The hope is that it serves as a tool to help promote our school and community. We will continually update and populate the website as we get closer to the beginning of the school year. Stay tuned!

High School Open House

Bellaire High school will be holding an open house and distributing schedules on Tuesday, August 15 from 6pm-8pm. Students will be given their class schedules, up to date transcripts, and points toward graduation information.  Students will also be given the opportunity to meet our new staff members and access their lockers.  Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Evans, the new High School Guidance Counselor. will be available to offer information on the new schedules and graduation requirements. For more information please call 676-3652. If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with Mrs. Evans individually, please call 676-3652 ext. 1106.

Elementary School Open House

The elementary school will be holding their open house on Thursday, August 17th from 5pm to 6:30pm. This is an opportunity to meet your teacher for the upcoming school year. You can also drop off school supplies so the students do not have to carry them in on their first day. 

Substitute Teach at Bellaire Local Schools sub_teach

We are looking for reliable and dedicated substitute teachers to support our schools. Those who have experience working with children and want to make a difference in the community are encouraged to apply.

High School Report Cards

High School report cards will be available for pick up on Thursday June 8th from 1:00PM-3:00PM.
All fees must be paid in order to receive report card.

Alumna Donates Image to District pic_donation

Special thanks to Mary McFeley Clark, Class of 1955, for donating an impressive aerial image of Bellaire High School.

Elementary School Position Opening

Bellaire Local School District is currently seeking qualified candidates for an MH teaching position at Bellaire Elementary. All interested candidates should contact Superintendent Jenkins at djenkins@bellairesd.org.

Students using Lego Education in Bellaire Middle School lego

Sixth grade students at Bellaire Middle School were given the opportunity to explore the new Lego Education kits that will be fully implemented into the curriculum of Mr. Chris Arno’s Science class next year. 


The kits will allow hands-on learning and opportunities for the students to work individually and cooperatively.   The activities are designed to explore real life themes and challenges, develop 21st century learning skills, and growth of critical thinking and creativity skills.  The kits will be used as supplemental materials for STEM units being prepared for next year’s curriculum.

Bellaire Local Schools Athletic Physicals

Under the direction of Bellaire High School Head Football Coach, Mark Spigarelli, Bellaire Local Schools will hold their FREE PHYSICALS on Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Belmont Community Health Center (Bellaire Clinic).
With the help of Wheeling Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Angelo Georges and his staff; Patricia Krause, NP, Danielle Rosen, NP, and Sheila Boltz, RN, these physicals will be performed for any student/athlete entering these grades next year:

Juniors & Seniors - 8:00AM - 9:00AM
Freshmen & Sophomores – 9:00AM – 10:00AM
7th & 8th Graders – 10:00AM – 11:00AM

Prior to their physical, each individual athlete will need to print and complete the 2017-2018 OHSAA physical evaluation form from their website or pick one up at Bellaire High School or at Bellaire Middle School.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Spigarelli at 740-676-3652 ext. 1125.

Second Graders "Dream Big" and Publish Book Dream Big

A class of second grade students at Bellaire Elementary are now published writers!  Reading is one of the most important skills we learn in school, but a special group of students are taking a page out of their own book. Mrs. Hendershot's second grade class at Bellaire Elementary can now call themselves full-fledged authors

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! discovery

We are lucky to have teachers who provide students with a unique experience that help improve educational outcomes. Find time to acknowledge those teachers who have made a positive impact in your lives, they deserve a lot of appreciation! The warmth, dedication and creativity of our teachers is truly inspiring.

Bellaire Police and Belmont County SWAT Using Bus for Drill

Bellaire Police Department and Belmont County SWAT will be using one of our buses today (May 10, 2017) to practice maneuvers in the marina area. Do not be alarmed, it is only a drill. We are happy to partner with law enforcement to help increase student safety.  

Superintendent Cast Ballot #VOTEYES

Superintendent Darren Jenkins cast his ballot for the school levy!  Please vote yes on May 2nd for the students of Bellaire Local Schools.

Bellaire Local Schools Emerge From Fiscal Emergency State Auditor


Photo by Shelley Hanson Ohio Auditor Dave Yost, left, presents a certificate of fiscal integrity for the Bellaire Local School District to board of education President Jason Ayers, center, and Superintendent Darren Jenkins on Monday.

BELLAIRE — After nearly 10 years of state supervision, the Bellaire Local School District finally has local control of its finances again.

The district was released from fiscal emergency on Monday — but not without receiving a warning from Ohio Auditor Dave Yost.

“We are releasing you from supervision today,” Yost said of the oversight that began in 2009. “But I do want to caution you that any number of variables … can cause downstream problems for you. You need to watch that bottom line very carefully.”

Yost noted the board, along with the supervisory body, the Bellaire Financial Planning and Supervision Commission, had to make tough decisions during the past few years.

Talented & Gifted Students Hear From Former Student TAG

 Former student Olivia Tranovich talking to  7/8 grade TAG students on careers and colleges - exploration.  

McAninch Crowned Queen Queen of Queens
School Funding at Forefront Bellaire Schools Expected to Emerge From Fiscal Emergency in April Times Leader

Times Leader Saturday, March 25, 2017


T-L Photo/DYLAN MCKENZIE Fifth-grade teacher Kellie Cusick leads her class at Bellaire Middle School on Friday.

BELLAIRE — By the end of April the Bellaire Local School District should be free of fiscal emergency status and external oversight, Superintendent Darren Jenkins said.

The next meeting of the Fiscal Planning and Supervision Commission for Bellaire is expected to occur during the second half of April, and Jenkins anticipates the board will approve the district’s release from fiscal emergency. Jenkins and district Treasurer Cathy Moore said the primary reason the district’s finances got in such bad shape was a tremendous drop in the student population in the district.

In 1994 there were more than 3,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade; by 2004 that number had dropped to 1,600. The latest count found 1,300 students in 2016.

Losing more than half of its students meant the district did not need as many teachers and staff, but making those cuts was not an easy proposition, according to Jenkins. From 2010-2016 five administrators, 38 teachers, 18 classified personnel and one school resource officer were eliminated from the employment roles. The reductions resulted in $5.4 million in savings, Moore said, and they occurred through a combination of position eliminations and retirements.

The district achieved an additional $2.3 million in savings from improved business practices, including health insurance adjustments.

Preschool Registration

The East Central Ohio Educational Service Center – Belmont County Bellaire Preschool Program will be holding Preschool Registration the week of May 15th for students that are turning three years of age by August 1st and also a resident of Bellaire Local School District.  Anyone interested in registering their child for the preschool program may call the ECOESC Belmont County Preschool Secretary, Fran Kasper at 740-695-9773 ext. 8401.  Deadline for pre-registration is Friday, April 7th.


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Queen of Queen’s Pageant  Queen of Queen’s Pageant

Bellaire High School’s Queen of Queen’s Pageant, sponsored by the Student Council, will be held on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Bellaire High School Alumni Auditorium.  Admission is $4.00 and doors will open at 6:00 p.m. 


Contestants pictured are:  front row – MaKenna Berka, Savannah Allen, and Bethany Hawkins; back row – Khiah Kimbro, Sarah McAninch, Kelsie Moser, and Shayla Rosen.   Photo by Alex Street.  




This weekend-  Sunday, March 19, 2017

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m

Bellaire High School Cafeteria

Eat in or Carry-Out

Please support our Lady Reds as the get ready

to kick off their season.

$6 / adults       $4/ children

Tickets can be purchased at the high school from any softball player, the Middle School - Cusick, McAninch, or Hughes and Elementary-Lahna.

Thank you all for your continued support, it is truly appreciated!

Thespians Present Spring Musical - Into the Woods Spring Musical 2017

The Bellaire High School Thespians will present their spring musical Into the Woods on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 at 7 p.m. in the Bellaire High School Alumni Auditorium.  Admission is $7.00.

 Into the Woods is a present-day twist on the Grimm’s Brother’s fairy tales that follows the timeless tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel connected to create an original story including a baker and his wife; their wish is to start a family but to do so they must join forces with a witch who has put a curse on the baker’s family.


Row 1: Shannon Shiflett, Bethany Hawkins, Tanner Schmidli, MaKenna Berka, Savannah Allen, Benny Mounsey, Michael Funkhouser, Bryson Cash, Kaitlynn Johnston, Libby McGuffin, Tyler Bass, Alexandria Street. Row 2: Keni Williamson, Abbie Gianangeli, Mackenzie Ewan, Allison Wise, Steven Street, Riley Hoepfner, Liliana Yocum, Jessica Bocook. Row3: Rachel Richmond, Kassidi Tantillo, Katelynn Beck, Kaleb Hicks, Noah Giffin, Andi Paynter, Emily Harbaugh, Cassidy Garloch. (Photo by Rosen)

Art Field Trip to West Liberty

Selected Bellaire High School Art students will be going on a field trip to West Liberty for the 2017 Madfest, Media Arts & Design Festival.

On April 7, students will attend an awards ceremony and luncheon. Prizes and scholarships will be awarded. BHS student work is currently on display on West Liberty's webite and can be viewd at


Students competing include;

Nate Wilhelm, Levi Leeper, Kiah Kimbro, Summer Davis, Chase Yoho, Maci Crozier, and Taylor Kidd.

The Times Leader - Bellaire Board of Education Prepares to Emerge From Fiscal Emergency

The Times Leader

Bellaire Board of Education Prepares to Emerge From Fiscal Emergency

BELLAIRE – A special meeting of the Bellaire Local Board of Education was held Tuesday to put measures in place as the district prepares to emerge from fiscal emergency.

Superintendent Darren Jenkins does not know exactly when the district will be able to get out from under state control, but said the process is well on its way to completion.

The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office are both involved in the oversight of Bellaire Local Schools’ fiscal emergency status, and both agencies have set parameters for what it will take for complete control to be returned to the Jenkins and the board.

Levy Meeting

Citizens Committee for Bellaire Schools will meet Monday, March 13th at the District Administration Building at 6:00PM. All parents and concerned residents are welcome to attend.  The future of the school district will be discussed. 

Jostens On-line Store

Please find below the link to our school for our Jostens on-line store.



Math Counts Team Math Counts

Bellaire Middle School was well represented at Belmont College this Saturday for Math Counts.  Jadon Bellville took top honors.  

College Credit Plus Information Session Wednesday, February 22nd at 6pm

Bellaire Local School District is hosting an information session for students and parents interested in Ohio's College Credit Plus. 

Ohio’s College Credit Plus can help students earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students.

Please join us in the High School Alumni Auditorium on Wednesday, February 22nd at 6pm. Local colleges and school leaders will be presenting. This is open to grades 6-11. 

Please RSVP by calling the Central Office at 740-676-1826 ext.1004.

Kindergarten Registration School

Bellaire Local Schools have scheduled a phone registration for children who will be entering Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.

Parents are encouraged to contact Bellaire Elementary at 740-676-1272 from March 13th through March 17th, during the hours of 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM to schedule an appointment for screening.

Screenings will be held April 26th through April 28th.  At this time, you will need to bring, along with your child, his/her birth certificate, proof of residency, and their shot record.

To enroll in Kindergarten, a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2017.

ACT Testing Resources

Paper Testing Resources

Sample ACT test resources are also available for examinees. These items are posted to your testing program web page, but you may share the direct links with students and parents. Here are the links to the three sample test documents:


The paper testing resources require a password to open and view the content. The password for all three documents is ODE2017. You may share this password with students and parents as well.

The Lady Reds Softball Parents are hosting their annual fundraiser this Saturday.   FUNDRAISER

The Lady Reds Softball Parents are hosting their annual fundraiser this Saturday.  

Tickets will include snacks and desserts

50/50 raffle, Chinese Auction 

BYOB.  Adults only. 

Tickets available from any softball player or softball parent,

Cusick, McAninch, or Hughes at the Middle School, or Lahna at the Elem.

Also available that night at the door.  Hope to see you there!

Mrs. Carpenter's 4th grade Science Mrs. Carpenter's 4th grade Science

Mrs. Carpenter's 4th grade Science classes were studying changes to Earth's surface. They rolled up their sleeves and made landform models.

Thespians Rigatoni Dinner tHESPIANS


Sunday january 29th

11:00 - 5:00

Bellaire high School Cafeteria

all Tickets $8.00

Includes rigatoni, meatball, salad, dessert, roll and beverage.

Blessings in a Backpack backpack

The Bellaire Elementary started the Blessings in a Backpack program last Friday. NHS students were welcomed by Mr Ault. The students helped fill bags and distribute food to students to take home for the weekend. This is funded by a $36,000 grant through the Belmont County Health Department for 3 years. 300 students will take food home each Friday in their backpack for the weekend. Kroger in Bellaire is providing food from the grant. Students need to sign up with Mrs. Dunlap, School Nurse @ 740-676-3652 ext 1160. Each student receives 6 items each Friday.
Community Donations to provide additional food can be made online to Blessings in a Backpack.

EPA Testing

December 12, 2016


Dear Bellaire Local School Parents:


I hope this letter finds you and your family well and trust you are in the midst of holiday preparations.


As many of you may know, the U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA have been testing the soil and groundwater in the Village of Bellaire for some while.  The purpose of this letter is to inform you that while your child is on his/her 2016 holiday break, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) will be testing Bellaire High School as part of this testing program.  The sampling will test for the presence of the chemical tetrachloroethylene (PCE).


Tetrachloroethylene (also known as PCE, Perchloroethylene or PERC) has been used in a variety of commercial applications including dry cleaning and metal degreasing.  PCE is a member of the family of chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCS).  The nature of PCE, and VOC chemicals in general, are they easily turn from a liquid to a gas when they are exposed to the soil or air.  Therefore, PCE has the potential, as a vapor, to move through the soil and can work its way into building substructures, such as basements where it can accumulate in the indoor air.

Middle School Student Council Decorates Christmas

Bellaire Middles School Student Council decorated the administration office

for Christmas.  They did a great job!

Get Prepared for the ACT!

The following online ACT Prep courses are available to students in grades 6-12 through our STEM Academy:

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Practice Test 1
  • Practice Test 2
  • Science: Math Concepts
  • Science Concepts

Please contact Ben Doyle at ben.doyle@bellairesd.org or 740-676-1826x1010 to get enrolled!

Snowbird Visits Snowbird

Meteorologist Stephanie Allison (and Snowbird) from WTOV9 visited Pam Carpenter's 4th grade Science classes today at Bellaire Elementary. We had a great time and learned more about weather. Thanks, Stephanie.

Free Webinar for High School Families

To Bellaire Local District High School Families-

Sorry for the short notice but due to popular demand we've decided to broadcast a special webinar THIS Saturday morning for parents of high school seniors:

FAFSA Pitfalls: Avoid The 7 Biggest Mistakes That Cost Families $$$

With families having a little extra time over the upcoming holiday weekend... it's an opportunity to complete this important Financial Aid form.

Topics included in this Webinar:

  • What’s New for 2017-2018 Financial Aid?

Bellaire Schools

Spirit Week Rivalry-Bellaire vs. Martins Ferry Senior Sisters

BY: Ashlie Conner

This year will be the 109TH meeting of the long-standing rivalry between the Bellaire Big Reds and the Martins Ferry Purple Riders. This match up is the seventh oldest in the state of Ohio, beginning in 1907. Bellaire leads Martins Ferry in the win column 53-48 with seven games ending in a tie. Each year the two teams compete for SPARKY, a trophy that stands for Sportsmanship, Participation, Achievement, Rivalry, Knowledge, and Youth.

This game also signals the week long tradition leading up to the game known as Spirit Week. Students are permitted to dress up all week to show their team spirit.  This year the themed days are Monday-America Day, Tuesday-Cartoon Character Day, Wednesday-Crazy Day, Thursday-Purple and White Day, and Friday being Red and Black Day.

Also on Thursday, Oct 27, will be the annual Pep Rally and Bonfire beginning at 6:00 pm in the Bellaire High School Auditorium. The parade will march to Nelson Field after the rally for the tradition bonfire. 

The game will be Friday, October 28, at Martins Ferry Stadium; kickoff is at 7:00 pm.

Everyone is invited to join the seniors by showing off their team spirit. Go Big Reds!

Spelling Bee

Written Classroom Spelling Bee:

  • Monday, October 10.
  • It will be given during FLEX periods. 
  • There will be 20 words plus 5 challenge words for the classroom bee. 
  • The 5 challenge words will not be on the study sheet. 
  • Study Sheets are available.
  • The top 5 scores plus 1 alternate per grade level will advance to our District Spelling Bee.

District Spelling Bee:

  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
  • SNOW DATE: Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Mr. Scot McMahon Is the Voice of the Big Reds in and outside the Classroom

By: Haley Ault and De ’Asia Burney

New Bellaire High School social studies teacher Mr. Scot McMahon says his number one priority is his students.

He has a background in history, which he teaches through film along with American History class. You may also recognize his voice from Nelson Field during Saturday games.

 He is a Bellaire High School graduate and went on to West Virginia University to get his undergrad. He then continued at Ohio Northern and got his law degree, and finally received his teaching certification from Wheeling Jesuit.

Mr. McMahon stated that his favorite part of teaching at Bellaire High School, so far, is interacting with the students. One thing he would like to see instituted at the school is the programs of the past that have been cut due to money issues be brought back.

One thing he wants students to know about him, he says, “I’m here for them, and if they ever have a problem or a question never hesitate to come and ask.” 

Mr. Paul Xenakis Return to BHS

                By: Lili Yocum and Scott Mehlman

                An alumnus and previous teacher of Bellaire High School, Mr. Paul Xenakis has returned to teach chemistry and physics.

Mr. Xenakis studied at West Liberty University and West Virginia University, while majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Physics.

Back at Bellaire, he believes he can help out with the science program. Mr. Xenaxis also shows his love for everything about his alma mater. Formerly a teacher at St.John’s Catholic High School, this educator also likes to coach discus.

Mr. Paden Stewart Teaches Math and Coaches Wrestling

By: Scott Mehlman and Lili Yocum

Mr. Paden Stewart  is currently teaching Algebra, Applied Math, and Consumer Math at Bellaire High School. He attended River High school and has coached wrestling there. After high school he  graduated from West Liberty University and came to teach at our high school when an opportunity appeared for him.

                In the classroom, Mr. Stewart takes a hands-on approach to get his students to learn by a little competition and showing their work on the board. He would also like to see math books brought into the classroom. Mr. Stewart would like his students to know that he has a zero tolerance policy for not wanting to learn. In addition to his classroom duties,  Mr. Stewart is going to be assistant wrestling coach.

His favorite aspect of BHS so far is the school spirit!

Miss Blair Bolden Has Passion for English

By: Shavarr Price and Chase Yoho

With a passion for literature and an optimistic outlook on life, Miss Blair Bolden plans on making a huge impact on our students’ lives as an English teacher at Bellaire High School.   

Miss Bolden’s previous education at Greensburg Central Catholic and later at Saint Vincent College in Pennsylvania, has allowed her to develop a love for reading and teaching. This eager attitude is something that she wishes to pass on to the students of our school through literature.                                                                                                                                               

Although she is now a teacher, her first career choice was as a social worker. Realizing she could more effectively impact young adults as an educator, she decided to follow in her family trade and become a teacher. Miss Bolden instantly liked the idea of teaching in Bellaire due to the small town feeling, the tremendous students and amazing faculty here.

Mr. Kaz Pata Is New to Bellaire

By: Hannah D’Aquila and Danielle Gilli

Welcome Mr. Kaz Pata, the new Bellaire High School multiple resource teacher.

Mr. Pata graduated from St. Clairsville High School and Ohio University. He originally didn’t major in education, but then later started substituting which led him to enjoy teaching. After realizing he liked being around students, he went back to college to get a teaching degree.

Since he has begun to teach here, his favorite aspect has been the staff, students and how generous everyone is. Mr. Pata would like to see more sports incorporated into our school such as: golf, soccer, lacrosse, etc.

                Besides teaching, he is a football, basketball and track coach for St. Clairsville’s junior high school. He wants students to know that he’s definitely a fun guy and doesn’t want to be looked at as just a teacher.

Special Board Meeting

The Bellaire Local Board of Education will meet in a special meeting on Tuesday, September 20th at 8:00a.m. for the purpose of consideration of bids for construction of physical education facility and the awarding of the contract to begin construction.  The meeting will be held at the Board offices at 340 34th Street, Bellaire, Ohio.

Miss Kylie Seevers Joins BHS Staff

By: Alex Street

Graduating from Bellaire High School, Miss Kylie Seevers, is back and excited to educate!  SHe is a teacher of Earth and Space Science, S.T.E.M. and Physical Science.  She recently graduated from West Liberty University and is eager to bring what she learned to her alma mater.       

 “I’ve always had an interest in science and feeding the penguins at the zoo, but that is too far from home, so getting to get kids as excited about science as I am, surpasses getting to feed penguins,” explained Miss Seevers. 

She says the students at Bellaire High are motivated and want to learn.  Although, she says that she’d like the students to know that she is still young and knows all the tricks they’re trying to pull because she has mastered them herself.

Miss Seevers would like to see better opportunities in and out of the classroom including a variety of sports and more technological advancements.  She also says that it is very nice to come back to her roots and give back to a school that gave so much to her.

BHS Welcomes Mr Jayson Keyser

By: Shavarr Price and Chase Yoho

Mr. Jayson Keyser is thrilled to be a member of the BHS family once again, but this time as a teacher. Mr. Keyser, who graduated from Bellaire, taught at the middle school last year and has now returned to teach health and physical education.

His athletic background paves the way for his new career as a PE and health teacher.  He was a gifted athlete while performing for the red and black. Bringing home a state runner up medal in track and field is one of his many great athletic accomplishments. Later on, Mr. Keyser participated in athletics while receiving his degree at West Liberty University.                                          

Returning to the wonderful staff and students here at Bellaire High School is something he is very excited about because of its familiarity. Although very excited to come back, Mr. Keyser would love to see an increase in the number of PE classes here at his alma mater.                                                                       

Above all else, Mr. Jayson Keyser is thrilled to be back at his old high school once more as a faculty member. 

September Student of the Month

Bellaire Elementary School:  Luke Mamie, Grace LaRoche, Emilee Menendez, Scott Balsei, Eliana Mason

Bellaire Middle School:  Aubrey Summers, Dalton Tranovich, Sophia Porter, Chance Maffe, Jenna Miller, Jaren Cash, Cassidy Garloch, Noah Clark

Bellaire High School:  Abby Gianangeli, Christoffer Marling, Albert (AJ) Bennett, Nicole Johnston, Alexandria Street, Chase Yoho, Levi Leeper, Khiah Kimbro

Homecoming 2016

Homecoming weekend kicks off at noon on Friday, September 23rd when the court comprised of Shaye Beckett, Abbey Cusick, Riley Hoepfner, Sarah McAninch, Rylie Purtiman, Taylor Stoner, Eric Bennington, D’eondre Burney, Tyson Camsky, Brennon Conroy, Justyn Keyser, and Jordan Mehlman along with the Bellaire High
School Band and Red Line visit local businesses in town to be introduced.  The day concludes at 1:30 with the annual Homecoming Pep Rally in the Alumni Auditorium.

The homecoming festivities continue on Saturday, September 24th with the parade leaving Bellaire High School at 11:00.  During halftime of the Bellaire – Buckeye Local game, the 2016 Homecoming Queen will be crowned.  The dance, which is sponsored by the Bellaire High School Student Council, is being held from 7:30 to 10:30 in the BHS Cafeteria, where the 2016 Homecoming King will be announced at 7:35.  Pictures by Monica Lynne Photography will begin at 6:30. Parents are welcome from 6:30 to 7:45

Baseball Field Announcment

Bellaire Local Schools, the Bellaire Park District, and Bellaire Jr. Sports are working together to improve the baseball field (Chase Field) at  26th Street, thanks to a resolution passed by the village council on Thursday, September 1.  The groups have been working on this arrangement for several months.  Bellaire Jr. Sports and the Bellaire Park District have done a tremendous job at the 26th Street Fields and the Bellaire Local Schools is excited to be a part of these improvements.  It is hoped that this will lead to other groups working together to better Bellaire.  

Bellaire Local Schools, through QZAB, will be able to put a significant amount of money into the field improvements.  The field has been in dire need of major upgrades for sometime.  Plans are to upgrade the playing surface, add all new fencing and a scoreboard, along with other upgrades.  School officials want to be a positive partner in the community and understand the importance of recreational opportunity for all youth in Bellaire.  

The agreement states that the Bellaire High School baseball team will have exclusive rights to the use of the field during their season for a term of fifty years with the possibility of renewing the agreement prior to the end of the term.   Bellaire Jr Sports and the high school baseball team will work together to hold tournaments.  Bellaire Jr. Sports will be able to use the field for practice and games when the high school team is not using it.  Thanks to Irish Youth Sports, the Bellaire Jr. Sports flag football program will be moved to their complex.  This move makes the improvements at the baseball field possible.  As plans progress further details will be available. 



Community Update 2016





Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives.Taking the bus for the first time is a big step for your child. Help your kids get a gold star by following these school bus safety tips.

The Hard Facts

School buses are the safest mode of motorized transportation for getting children to and from school, but injuries can occur if kids are not careful and aware when getting on and off the bus.

Levy Support Letter

Warning to Bellaire Ohio  - Your kid’s future may be at risk:

Your children’s future depends on your support to vote YES for the upcoming levy on the Nov 8!

Your community’s future depends on your support to vote YES for the upcoming levy on the Nov 8!

On Nov 8th Bellaire will once again have the opportunity to fund and support the children and community by passing the proposed school Levy.   The sad history for the success of this levy is that in the last 8 times that the Levy has been presented it has been voted DOWN by the community.

Eight times since 2010 the school district has made an attempt to fund and support the children of its community.  Eight times the community has said NO.

In those eight years programs have been cut and some eliminated altogether.  As noted in the most recent newspaper article there is no music, art or physical education in the elementary or middle schools.  This is sad, very sad to know that the future of these young children is riding on the tax payers.  If students were able to vote for their own education I am sure the Levy would pass.

Thespians perform Pride and Prejudice CAST

First Row (left to right) –Jessica Bocook, Kassidi Tantillo, Savannah Allen, Summer Baker, Kaitlynn Johnston, Allison Wise, Andrea Paynter, Mackenzie Ewan.

Second Row- Tanner Schmidli, Katelynn Beck, Steven Street.

Third Row- Alexandria Street, Libby McGuffin, Bethany Hawkins, Shai Beck, MaKenna Berka, Bryson Cash, Sara Dodrill.

Fourth Row- Matthew Carpenter, Benny Mounsey, Michael Funkhouser, Shannon Shiflett, Lili Yocum, Lizzy Diehl, Tyler Bass, Jaydon Bellville, Kaleb Hicks.

XTO Challenge Assembly XTO ASSEMBLY

By: Liliana Yocum

This past Tuesday, the XTO Challenge Program held an assembly to present outstanding students with cash prizes. The organization sets a precedence for students to strive for excellence in five different categories:  S.T.E.M., Attendance, Community Service, Academic Improvement, and Academic Excellence.

The following students received prizes:

From left to right front row: Abbey Cusick (Community Service Award), Liliana Yocum (Academic Excellence Award), Ashlie Conner, Sloane Porter (Academic Excellence Award), and Megan McCarthy.

From left to right back row: Joseph Knight (Academic Improvement Award), Charlee Daniels (Academic Excellence Award), Jacob Bellville (Community Service Award), Jordan Mehlman, Tyler Bass (Attendance Award), Brennon Conroy, Chase Yoho (S.T.E.M. Award), and Andrew McAninch (Attendance Award).

Art Class Participates Art Class Participates

Art Class ParticipatesStory by Shayla Rosen, Photos by Mrs. Megan Ritchea and Lili Yocum     

Bellaire High School’s art classes participated in the 3rd annual 2016 District 11 “Paint-A-Plow” Program.

District 11 invited schools such as, Martins Ferry, Saint Clairsville, and Union Local, to paint a snow plow to promote public safety using the theme Heroes and #Hashtags.

The non-profit organization is an opportunity to increase awareness for ODOT Snow and Ice Operations, and to display the talent of local artists.

            Bellaire High’s art teacher Megan Ritchea says, “ I am trying to get our program involved in a lot more community activities and this being our first year participating in this project was a great learning experience, and we have a lot more plans for next year.”

            High School students who participated in this activity were:

Bellaire Elementary hosts Boys Night Out


The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program

Students in the District in grades 5-12 who have participated in a school or community volunteer activity after September 15, 2015 or at any time during the 2015-2016 academic year or who is currently a volunteer is eligible to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

Online applications must be completed and submitted by November 8, 2016.

The online application can be found at http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit.
For complete information, please contact Ms. Zwack, High School NHS Coordinator.