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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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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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. 



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The mission of Bellaire Local School District is to provide all students with educational and social opportunities
to become successful, responsible, and productive citizens in a diverse, global society.
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