340 34th. St. Bellaire, OH 43906  Main Office: (740) 676-1826
54555 Bellaire-Neffs Rd  Bellaire OH43906   Phone: 740 -676-1635 Fax: 740-676-3014 
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Elaine Petredis Senior Honors Banquet

Bellaire Local Schools


The BHS National Honor Society

Elaine Petredis

Senior Honors Banquet

Guest Speaker - Chris Arno, Bellaire High School, Class of 1990,and Bellaire Middle School Faculty Member


Josh Bumgardner, Josh Myers, Tara Bumgardner, Natori Neff,  Cameron Burton, Markiah Peltz, Kaitlyn Callarik, Anthony Piper, Bethany Christy, John Price, Tylar Eden, Taylor Price, Mary Garloch, Morgan Runyan,  Billie Geary, Taylor Scott,  Jerrika Gilbert, John Schuetz,  Alexander Hibbitts, Devin Shaw,  Steven Krupa, Raven Shively, Patrick Littleton, Olivia Tranovich, Brandon Lucas, Coda Wines,  Dylan Marling, Isaac Wyckoff, Matt Montgomery, and Cadence Yocum


On Tuesday, May 17th , students at the high school will complete their scheduling for next school year.  They will do this through the arena scheduling system.  Students will meet with teachers in each subject area to plan their schedule for 2016-2017 school year. Please be advised that changes may occur over the summer.  The curriculum guide for the HS is posted on the website under the left navigation, it is the last tab.  Parents are encouraged to review this with your child over the next few days and prior to scheduling Tuesday. 












Reds' Rumble

Seniors: Row 1- Raven Shively, Tara Duffy, Taylor Price, Markiah Peltz, Jerrika Gilbert, Sydney Badia, Kaitlyn Callarik, T'Asia Green. Row 2- Anthony Piper, Noah Harris. Alexander Hibbitts, Mitch Parker, Cody Guthrie, Joshua Myers, Tylar Eden, Tyler Stewart, Zachary Bellville, Dylan Marling, Michael Neil, Luke McDonough. (Photo by McConnaughy)


Sue Stanko Scholarship

Kaitlyn Callarik was the Sue Stanko Scholarship recipient.


XTO Energy Challenge Program

XTO Energy-Coda Wines, Sydney Badia, Tylar Eden, Caleb Kolenich and Presenter Amy Dobkin

West Virginia Northern Community College Scholarships

Mary Garloch, Morgan Runyan, Andrew Reed, Nicole Marple, and Presenter Dawn Barcus.

VFW Scholarship

VFW Scholarship-Terry Wildman, Taylor Price, and John Fodor.

AIR Test


As you know, Ohio is switching this school year from PARCC (Pearson) math and English language arts tests to Ohio-specific tests developed by Ohio educators with the American Institutes for Research. However, Ohio will still be receiving student tests results from last year’s Pearson tests along with Ohio’s science and social studies assessments.

These new tests are referred to as AIR tests by the Ohio Department of Education. 


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Softball Team Wins Dibby Ball

Softball: Row1- Natalie Stoner, Cierra McCorkle, Abigail Garner, Brooklyn Dyer- Schmitt, Nicole McCorkle, De'Asia Burney, Kelsey Jarvis, Mary Garloch, Melissa Lahna, George Kaldor, C.J. Garloch, Morgan Runyan, Sarah McAninch, Abbey Cusick, Tabytha Gulla, Hannah Applegarth. (Photo by R&C)

                On Friday April 15th, 2016 the Bellaire Lady Reds’ Softball Team competed against the Lady Purple Riders in Martins Ferry in the third Annual Duane Powell Memorial Game. Bellaire fought hard in a 13-inning win 5-3 over homestanding Martins Ferry.

This game is played to honor Duane Powell who graduated from Bellaire High School. Powell’s children were graduates of Martins Ferry, where his daughter also coaches. Bellaire seniors, Morgan Runyan and Mary Garloch accepted the Dibby Ball Trophy from Mrs. Dorothy Powell Friday afternoon.


Belmont County Anthology

Bellaire Schools are well represented in this years addition of Belmont County Anthology.

Bellaire High school Junior, Sarah McAninch, designed the cover.  Other students publishing poems in the book are Brylee Bonar - Tender Loving Care, Tyler Edgar - the Moon, Bethany McElfresh - Family, and Kyden Anderson - School.  Michael Jarrett's Related Bunny drawing is also in this years edition.  

Boys Track Team Soaring High

Row 1: Gage Eden, Dylan Marling, Tylar Eden, Josh Myers, Tyson Camsky, David McConn, Tyler Stewart, Zach Bellville.

Row 2: Robert Hicks, Zach Kolenich, Josh Sabinski, Cole LaRoche, D’eondre Burney, John Michael Schuetz, Shannon Shiflett.

Row 3: Jordan Mehlman, Anthony Piper, Justyn Keyser, Chase Yoho, Trenton Gibson.

Row 4: Todd Morris, Jacob Bellville, Grant Gheen, J.C. Spears, Joseph Bonfini, Derek Schybal, Nick Beckett, Daniel Lednik, Robbie Silber.

Row 5: Noah Cusick, A.J. Bennett, Hunter Huston, Hayden Lowery, Isaiah Wilhelm, Nate Wilhelm, Andrew McAninch.

The boys track team is off to a phenomenal start. They opened their season with a first place finish at the Bellaire Early Bird. The score was 99-96. They continued their success at the Martins Ferry Relay with a second place finish; they were behind Ferry with a score of  71-82. At the Shadyside Relays, the boys finished with second place.

Noteworthy performances were given by many individuals.  The 4 x 4 team of Griffin Heatherington, Chase Yoho, Trent Gibson, and D’eondre Burney were the top team at Ferry, and were runner ups at Shadyside.

D’eondre Burney received the top spot at the Shadyside Relays and runner up at the Porterfield Invitational in St. Clairsville.

Tyson Camsky placed first at his track opener. He received third at the Shadyside, St. Clairsville, and Martins Ferry Invitationals.

            By: Gage Eden, T’Asia Green, and Khiah Kimbro

LED Lighting Request For Proposals

Public Notices


Bellaire Local Schools

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Request for Proposals

Notice is hereby given that Bellaire Local Schools is accepting proposals for LED lighting upgrades at Bellaire Local Schools, comprised of Bellaire High School, Bellaire Middle School, and Bellaire Elementary School.   Proposals are to be addressed to Bellaire Local Schools Attention: Jim Hill with the bidder and project name clearly marked on the outside of the envelope.  Late bids will be rejected as non-responsive. 

Bid Name: Bellaire Local Schools – LED Lighting Upgrade

Due Date/Time: May 5, 2016

Deliver to: Bellaire Local Schools (Attention: Jim Hill) 340 34th Street Bellaire, OH 43906

Specifications for this project may only be obtained during a mandatory pre-bid meeting scheduled for April 25, 2016.  Interested bidders will meet Jim Hill, Bellaire Local Schools Supervisor, Classified Operations at 9:00am at the district central office 340 34th street Bellaire. OH

Questions can be directed to Jim Hill at jhill@bellairesd.org no later than May 4, 2016. 

March Student of the Month

March Student of the Month

Bellaire HS                              Bellaire MS                   Bellaire ES

Robert Hicks                         Allanha Spear                      Aaron Steortz

Nicole Johnston                    Logan Thorp                         Payton Sexton

Emily Doty                            Jayde’lyn Garloch                Taylor Lynn

Thor Duffy                             Daniel Zwack                      Anna Posey Vanscoy

Austin Grall                          Kaleigh Leigh                        Deegan Holyak


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Queen of Queens

Congratulations to the winner of the  Queen of Queens Contest Kaitlyn Callarik. She will represent Bellaire Schools in the OVAC Queen of Queens Contest on July 21st at Capitol Theater in Wheeling at 7:00PM.

High School Repairs

Many of you have probably noticed the scaffolding at the high school and are wondering what is going on.  Upon inspection of the building we noticed an issue with moisture getting  into the wall, with no air space or any weeps for water to escape.  The stone has pushed out from this freeze-thaw condition.  This force has caused many of the original anchors to fail, allowing the stone to roll out of the wall.  We found the steel support angles have rusted and delaminated.  On the third floor, we have observed the other header stones are being pushed out and the rust jacking of the steel is pushing downward on the window frames.  The concrete header above the third floor is moving out and appears to have dropped down in the center.  The force of this movement has caused cracks and movement in several pieces.  We can also see the top floor header course is moving outward and this course has the masonry cornice and parapet bearing down and is connected to the roof, floors and masonry.  We have also noticed one of the second floor headers on the west end has pushed out several inches.

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6th Graders Heading To Camp Muskingum

For over 30 years, middle school students from Bellaire travel for three days and two nights to the annual outdoor education program.  For over 12 years, the 6th graders have taken part in the Nature's Classroom at Camp Muskingum.  Stay tuned for pictures.

What is going on in Ms Ritchea's art room???

Creativity, fun, expression, art!!! Art 1 explores 3-D with paper mache sculptures, Clay 1 learns how to throw on the potters wheel and hand paint dinner ware, Advanced Art explores independent studies from self portraits to larger than life paintings!! All students are preparing for the Belmont County Student Art Show. The show will be held at the Ohio Valley Mall.  Thirty pieces will be selected to represent the best Art from Bellaire High School. The show is free to the public, cash prizes will be awarded.

2016 Queen of Queens By: T’Asia Green and Lexie McConnaughy

Bellaire High School Queen of Queens Contestants

Row 1-Mary Garloch, Kaisha Violet. Row 2-Taylor Price, Sydney Badia, Jerrika  Gilbert, Kaitlyn Callarik. (Photo by Morgan Runyan)

2016 Queen of Queens By: T’Asia Green and Lexie McConnaughy

Bellaire High School’s Student Council will be hosting the 2016 Queen of Queens on March 23 in the Alumni Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. The admission price is $4.00.

             The enchanted evening will begin when the contestants introduce themselves in casual wear.

After the judges are announced and scoring is explained, the ladies will perform their talent. First, Miss Sydney Badia will sing an acoustic cover of “Flashlight” by Jessie J. Next, Miss Kaitlyn Callarik will perform a contemporary dance piece entitled “Pretty Hurts.” Dancing to the songs of “Our Generation,” is Miss Mary Garloch, followed by Miss Jerrika Gilbert, who will entertain the crowd with a performance to “Hula Hoop” by OMI. Then, Miss Taylor Price will execute a Hip Hop routine to a Beyonce and Michael Jackson mix. To close the talent portion, Miss Kaisha Violet will entertain the crowd with a Hip Hop dance to “Formation” by Beyonce.

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Student of the Month

Bellaire Elementary 

Kaylyn Hoffman

Michael dippel

Avery Shaver

Raven Pettigre

Hayden Sheets

Bellaire Middle 

Kamryn Holyak

Brayden Roth

Caitlin Silber

Isaac McConnell

Maddie Crawford

Payton Marling

Ryleigh Jackson

Jonathan Christy



Generous Donation
The Bellaire American Legion donated money to the Middle and Elementary schools to purchase gym/playground equipment.  Thank You to all the members of the American Legion.

Right To Read Week

Lady Reds Softball team members read to second graders today.

Right To Read Week

Students at Bellaire Elementary School are celebrating Right to Read Week this week.  Today, baseball players from West Liberty University came to read to each class and to talk about  the importance of doing good and working hard in school.  (Pictured is Bailey McGrath)

Parent Teacher Conference

Bellaire Local Schools will hold Parent Teacher Conferences Thursday, March 10th from 4:00 to 7:30 PM.  Parents are strongly encouraged to attend.  If you are unable to attend but would like to set up a meeting with your child’s teacher please call the building your child attends. 

Bellaire Thespians Present Cinderella

Bellaire Thespians  will present Cinderella on Friday, March 18th and Saturday March 19th in Alumni auditorium at 7:00 PM.  All seats are $6.  The Times Leader provided the picture.




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Drug Free Club Scholarship

Drug Free Club Scholarship available to Bellaire HS students who are members of the Drug Free Club.  Application is available under Drug Free Clubs of America to the left on this website.  Applications must be postmarked or emailed by midnight 3/24/2016.  

Kindergarten Registration

Bellaire Local Schools Kindergarten Registration

Bellaire Local Schools have scheduled a phone registration for children who will be entering Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 School Year.

Parents are encouraged to contact Bellaire Elementary at 740-676-1272 from March 14th through March 18th, during the hours of 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM to schedule an appointment for screening.

Screenings will be held April 13th through April 15th.  At this time, you will need to bring, along with your child, his/her birth certificate and their shot record.

To enroll in Kindergarten, a child must be five years old on or before August 1, 2016.

Drug Free Program

This year, Bellaire High School has introduced the Drug Free Club of America.

                In September, students were brought together for an assembly with a guest speakers, Chief McFarland of Martins Ferry and Chief Kovalyk of Bellaire, spoke about the effects of drugs in the Ohio valley. All students were encouraged to sign up for the club and remain drug free.

                In late October the proctors of the club returned to register all the members and give the first round of random drug tests. In January the second round of random drug test were given with another round to follow in the near future.

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BMS Students Take First in MathCounts

Bellaire Middle School took three teams to compete in the regional MathCounts competition at Belmont College. There were 14 different teams with over 50 individuals from five different schools competing. Bellaire's team consisting of Cole Porter, Jadon Bellville, Tanner Schmidli, and Trenton Wilson took home the first prize and qualified for the state competition in Columbus. Bellaire also had the top two scoring individuals in Tanner Schmidli and Trenton Wilson. This marks the fourth time that the Big Reds have won this competition.

Community Forum on Education



Please come and join in a community conversation about where the Bellaire Local School District wants to be in five years…


When:          Monday, February 22nd

Where:        Bellaire High School Alumni Auditorium

Time:          6:30PM

The Staff, Parents and Community are cordially and enthusiastically invited to attend a community forum on education Monday, February 22 at Bellaire High School in Alumni Auditorium at 6:30PM.  We will be showing the film “Most Likely to Succeed.” This film will be used to set the stage for a discussion of where the district’s educational program may go in the next five years; how you can get involved and how you can be part of a long term strategic instructional plan for the district.  The administration is committed to making Bellaire Local Schools the pride of the All American Town.

We hope that you plan to attend.

College Credit Plus Program
Students in grades 7-12 who are interested in the College Credit Plus Program  will have the opportunity to take classes at either Ohio University Eastern or Belmont College for the 2016-2017 school year as long as the meet the eligibility requirements.  Ohio University eastern will be hosting a Parent Information Session on their campus in the OUE Theater on February 18th and 29th at 6:00 pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity for those students who excel and would like to begin their college pathway.  Parents are encourage to RSVP by calling 740-699-2536

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New Peer Mentor Program introduced at Bellaire High School

New Peer Mentor Program introduced at Bellaire High School by Shayla Rosen

This year Bellaire High School is introducing a Peer Mentoring Program. The mentors are any junior or senior who is willing to give up some of their time to talk to freshman students to help get involved in the school and extra-curricular activities. A mentor is meant to be a guide and most importantly a friend.

Each mentor is assigned a mentee(s) and is expected to meet and talk to that student regularly. To be chosen as a mentor, a person must follow the following criteria:

  • Good attendance at the school
  • No discipline referrals to the office
  • Passing all classes
  • Teacher approved

 These peers are meant and would like to help make a better life for others. “My goal is to see good changes in my mentee such as making more friends and being more open with others” says junior Dallas Swegard.

This year’s program has juniors Jewel Chirpas, Megan McCarthy, Shayla Rosen, Kylie Smelko, and Dallas Swegard and seniors Joseph Harbaugh, Kaycee Tantillo, and Kaisha Violet.

Senior mentor Kaycee Tantillo explained “I decided to be part of the peer mentor program because I understand what it is like to go to a new school and how hard it is making new friends. I want to try to make a difference with the freshmen in hopes they succeed in their future.”

There will be an assembly for the freshmen class to introduce the new program.

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Spigarelli New Head Football Coach

This past Thursday, January 28th the Bellaire Board of Education voted 5 – 0, to award the head varsity football position to, Mark Spigarelli.  Being a Bellaire graduate and a longtime teacher in the district, Mark understands the Spirit, Pride, and Tradition of Bellaire Football.  Mark is a 1988 graduate of Bellaire High School, where he played three years of varsity football.  Coach Spigarelli, is a 1992 graduate of Ohio University with a degree in Special Education.  Mark has taught special education in Bellaire for 21 years.  Prior to teaching at Bellaire, Coach Spigarelli taught at Martins Ferry and Union Local.  For the past six years, Mark has coached at West Liberty University.  Most of his duties at West Liberty were on the defensive side of the ball.  Prior to moving on to West Liberty he was an assistant football coach at Bellaire for 15 years.   Also while at Bellaire Mark was the head baseball coach for two seasons, where he led the team to the 2003 Regional Finals in the Division III tournament.  Athletic Director, Molly Feller, stated, “We are very optimistic about the direction of the football program under Coach Spigarelli.  I believe he can bring stability to the program and more importantly I think he can restore the program to one of the preeminent in the valley.”  Coach Spigarelli will meet with the varsity team on Wednesday, February 3rd immediately after school in the HS auditorium.  He plans on meeting with the Jr Hi teams in the near future. 

Substitutes Needed

Bellaire Local Schools is in need of substitute teachers, housekeepers, and bus drivers.  If you are interested, you can apply at the administration building at 340 34th Street or call 740-671-1826.

Thespians Rigatoni Dinner

The Thespians are having a Rigatoni Dinner, Sunday, January 24th from 11-5  at the high school cafeteria.  Cost for a meal is $6 and includes pasta, meatball, salad, bread, and a beverage.  Takeout is available.  

Physics Class Complete Second Construction Project

The Bellaire High School Physics Class has just completed their second construction project for the year.  After studying the effects of different forces, summation of forces, and types of forces, the students were tasked with building a boat capable of floating a mass of one kilogram.


This may seem like an easy task, until the list of materials is understood.  The boat was only to be constructed of toothpicks, drinking straws, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and glue that may only act as an adhesive and not as a sealant.


The students met the challenge and strived to go above and beyond the assignment’s requirements.  Bonus points were awarded to the students that built the boat that held the most mass.  Bonus points were also available for the smallest volume capable of floating one kilogram to reward the students that built small, but efficient boats.


Fourteen students constructed vessels that provided enough buoyancy to float one kilogram which was an 88% success rate.  The most successful shipwrights based on mass held were Brandon Lucas (held 4.9 Kilograms), Jerika Gilbert (held 4.19 Kilograms), and Andrew Reed (held 3.75 Kilograms).  Those that built smaller ships but still were capable of holding one kilogram of mass were Olivia Tranovich (held 1.08 Kilograms with only a 1600 cubic cm boat), Mimmi (MK) Kalenius (held 1.02 Kg with only a 2295 cubic cm boat), and Taylor Price (held 1.89 Kilograms with only a 2376 cubic cm boat.)


Well done students and congratulations to all the successful shipwrights!

January 11TH board Meeting Moved

Tonights board meeting is being moved to the administration building.


Advance Art Students Visit Stifel Art Center
Advanced Art students went on a field trip to the Stifel Fine Arts Center Thursday. They participated in a workshop where they learned how to mat their own art work. For their participation they received free entry into the center's Regional Art Exhibit. This exhibit showcases  local high school talent, and has rewards of scholarships from WVU and West Liberty University, as well as money prizes. There is an opening reception Thursday Jan 14th @ 6:30 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. There will be food, drinks, and an additional contest and money award held that evening to celebrate the artists. The show will be on display there from Jan 14th-Feb 26th. Each of these students will have 3 pieces in the show, with the opportunity to sell and/or place for additional prizes and scholarships. The show is open to the public and free to attend.  We would like to encourage everyone to come out and support our students.

December Student of the Month

The following students were named student of the month for December.

Grace LaRoche, Ava Ault, Hailee Bennett, Luke Heatherington, Liam Campbell, Anna Pramik, Brenton Naumann, Jenna Miller, Michael Kuri, Madison Taylor, Austin Beck, Cierra McCorkle, Christiano Beck, Jazmyne Kesterson , Mason Ramsay, Katelyn Melott, Cody Carpenter, Taylor Price, Joshua Bumgardner.

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Bellaire Schools to Use Z Pass


Dear Parent,

As students in the Bellaire Local School ride buses daily, there is always the possibility of missing the bus, getting on the wrong bus, or getting off at the wrong stop.  Bellaire Local Schools will begin using ZPass™, an innovative ridership tracking system to increase safety for all student bus riders. The newly implemented ZPass uses RFID-based technology to track student bus ridership in a safe and non-intrusive way. ZPass provides Bellaire Local Schools with accurate location data and ridership information to ensure the safety of bus-riding students.

Bellaire Local Schools will issue each student a unique RFID card which is carried by the student. Students’ Names accompanied by their Building and District Name will be the only identification information on the ZPass card. Upon entering or leaving the school bus, the ZPass reader logs the time, date, and location of the scan. The information is then securely transmitted to a password protected website which Bellaire Local Schools administrators can access to answer questions parents have about their child’s bus ride. These cards do not track where the child is; the cards identify the child, location, and time they scanned their card as they got on and off a bus.



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BMS Students Paint Sculptures

Bellaire Middle School students in TAG class painted clay sculptures that they created.  More pictures can be seen on the middles school page.

Free For All by: Tara Duffy and T’Asia Green

The Free for All was held December 11, 2015. This event took place in the gymnasium at 1:30.  The cost was $1 per student, to participate or attend!  The money collected went toward the cost of the yearbooks. We have the free for all to give students a break and relax before taking exams.

It’s a battle amongst all 4 classes, and the winner received the bragging rights for the school year.

Freshmen wore gray, sophomores wore white, juniors wore red, and seniors wore black.

There were eleven events, they consisted of Musical Chairs, Dizzy Relays, Wheelbarrow Relays, Knock Out, Orange Pass, Medley Relay 1, Medley Relay 2, Limbo, Ping Pong Relay, Dodge ball, and Tug of War.

 “Tug-of-War is my favprote because it is almost the entire class playing.”-Mary Garloch

 “Musical Chairs is the best; even though it’s a child-like game to me, it still gets pretty intense.”-Khiah Kimbro

The event ended in a tie.

Bellaire High School’s Students of the month

Bellaire High School’s students of the month are Brittney Beckett, Mary Garloch, Cole LaRoche, Jordan Mehlman, Autumn Payton, Coda Wines, Lily Yocum, and Chase Yoho.

                “Being chosen makes me feel honored in many ways. I feel as if I can encourage others and have them look up to me. Being chosen shows that the teachers do pay attention to how you behave, perform in class, and how well you treat and respect others,” explained Beckett.

                Garloch feels that she was picked for student of the month because she’s put a lot of dedication toward her school work this this nine weeks.

                “My favorite subject is geometry or any type of math. I have always had in interest in math because of all the numbers, equations, and problems. They intrigue me,” said  LaRoche.

                Mehlman also enjoys math and solving different problems. He also likes that he can catch on fast.


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District Spelling Bee

Please congratulate our spellers from this year’s Bellaire Local Schools

District Spelling Bee!    We are very proud of them all!


The 2015-2016 Bellaire Local School District Spelling Bee winners are:  

1st Place –  Nico Piergallini,          6th Grade             Advances to County Bee

2nd Place – Madison Beckett,       7th Grade             Advances to County Bee

3rd Place –  Josie Andres,              8th  Grade            Alternate to County Bee

4th Place –  Katie Mosa                  8th Grade

5th Place –  Carson Kuhns,            5th Grade

1st , 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th  place winners each receive a trophy,

and all participants receive a Medal and a Certificate!

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Student of the Month
Alessa Yocum KG
Rachel McAninch 1
Addsion Yock 2
Chase Ritz 3
Makenna Wright 4
Reagan Fields 5
James Littleton 5
Lillian  Back 6
Bradley Kosky 6
Niesa Rice 7
Andrew Perrie 7

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Bellaire Elem Recognized

22 Schools Honored at the Ohio PBIS Showcase


Twenty-two schools were honored at the Ohio Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Showcase on December 1st for their successful implementation of PBIS. Congratulations to all the schools and a special recognition to Bellaire Elementary School who earned the Gold Award!

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Bellaire Elementary Receives PBIS Gold Award

Bellaire Elementary is the only school in the entire state of Ohio to earn the PBIS GOLD status award.  Buddy Tucker of Disctrict 12 presented the award to Derek Ault, principal and the staff of the elementary school this morning at a meeting at the school.  Thank you to the staff at the school for all of your hard work.

Thanksgiving Celebration

The kindergarten and second grade students were busy last week preparing for the feast. The kindergarten students dressed in Native American outfits, while the 2nd grade dressed as pilgrims. Both grade levels learned about Thanksgiving then and now. 

Ice Cream Celebration

Celebrating 3.0 GPA or less than 3 absences/ tardies with an ice cream party at BHS.  Over 200 students were able to participate.

Qualified Zone Academy Bonds

The Bellaire Local Board of Education is excited to announce that it has received a $1,350,000.00 grant from the National Education Foundation to establish STEM academics in each one of its three buildings.

This grant is seed funding for a $6 million project which includes the sale of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds through Ohio’s QZAB program.  This program was established by the United States Department of Education and Bellaire’s application was approved by the Ohio Department of Education.  These are no interest bonds that will be paid back over 20-25 years.

This QZAB project will be a five year (5) undertaking for the district.  The total project includes: the establishment of three STEM academic (one in each building), infrastructure upgrades which will lead to increased energy efficiency, safety upgrades to the buildings, enhanced curricular additions including 2400 online courses and professional development for teachers as well as developing partnerships with higher education (SUNY).

As a district we are excited to have this opportunity to move into the 21st century by expanding our curriculum moving toward offering our students a word-class education.  This is a big step toward bringing Bellaire back; but we are not resting, we submitted a College Credit Plus proposal for nearly $50,000 today.

Disey and Rose Simon Award

Abbey Cusick  receiving a $250 Disey and Rose Simon Award for Excellence in Service, Leadership, Character and Scholarship.  Congratulations Abbey! Presenting the award is Taylor Price.

Mrs. Keller's 5th grade Social Studies

Mrs. Keller's 5th grade Social Studies class samples traditional Mesoamerican food.  It is part of their study of Mesoamerican culture.

Bellaire HS National Honor Society Inductions

National Honor Society Members:

Row 1: Vice President Dylan Marling, President Josh Bumgardner, Treasurer Taylor Price, Secretary Olivia Tranovich, Tylar Eden, Morgan Runyan, Mary Garloch, and Shayla Rosen.

Row 2: Riley Hoepfner, Sloane Porter, Sarah McAninch, Taylor Stoner, Ashlie Conner, Abbey Cusick, Kaitlyn Callarik, Bethany Hawkins, Sara Dodrill, Rylie Purtiman, Shaye Beckett, and Katelyn Melott.

Row 3: Brandon Lucas, Anthony Piper, Justyn Keyser, Tyler Bass, Tyson Camsky, Jordan Mehlman, William Silber, and Coda Wines.

(Photographers Khiah Kimbro and Tara Duffy)





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Veterans Day Assembly

 by Gage Eden

       Veterans Day, formerly known as “Armistice Day,” is celebrated November 11. Bellaire High School Student Council hosted an afternoon assembly with St. John High School to note the occasion.

       The holiday is recognized on the eleventh day of the eleventh month because that is when the armistice to signify the end of hostilities in World War I went into effect in 1918. Armistice Day was celebrated in 1919 and became a legal holiday in 1938.  It was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

       The resolution spoke of the annual remembrance of those who died in the Great War. It also discussed peace between the United States and other nations. The concurrent resolution also wrote about wanting to educate schools and churches, but also other suitable places with ceremonies of friendly relations to remember all the fallen and non-deceased veterans of all war efforts.

        Veterans Day is memorialized by honoring the American Veterans not only for fighting in the wars but for their patriotism, love for their country and also for their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

The assembly began with Josh Bumgardner leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Next, the Bellaire High School Band performed the “National Anthem.” Maria Ducci shared an opening prayer. Then the history of Veterans Day was explained by Jerrika Gilbert. Following, “Armed Forces Salute” was sung by the Bellaire High School Choir.

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Mrs. Robinson's Art Class
New pictures added to the photo gallery.  Paintings by 6th grade students in Mrs. Robinson's Art Class.

October Student of the Month - Middle
April Krsul 5
Jakob Heatherington 5
Emily Harbaugh 6
Tyler Edgar 6
Lauren Klempa 7
Noah Clark 7
Cassidy Collyer 8
Nathan Farmer 8

October Student of the Month - Elementary
Lexi Fry KG
Nicholas Knowlton KG
Elizabeth Mayer 1
Rylin McMahon 1
Alyson Vingia 2
Aiden Price 2
Alahna Swallie 3
Hayden Girty 3
Abbie LaRoche 4
Jayson Lemley 4

BHS Reward System

BHS Students display their wooden nickels and gifts they have exchanged the nickels for.

Row 1- Bethany Hawkins, Megan McCarthy, Riley Hoepfner.

Row 2-Josh Crawford, Tyler Bass, Jordan Mehlman.

  By: Sailor Myers and Autumn Payton

                Bellaire High School teachers and principal Mrs. Kathryn Anderson have instituted a new reward system to reward students who work hard inside and outside class. She wanted to start a structure where all students would be recognized for doing something positive on a day-to-day basis for even the smallest achievements.

                Teachers were given wooden nickels to hand out to students based on increasing test scores by two letter grades; having good behavior, manners, and attendance; and showing acts of kindness, such as helping others or rehanging a sign that has fallen in the hall. These coins can then be exchanged on Fridays for various items such as Big Reds’ cinch bags, chargers, and key chains; cell phone holders, coupons for Domino’s cinnamon sticks, locks, notebooks, and dog tags.

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Superintendent Thanks Community

November 4, 2015

To: The Bellaire BIG REDS Community

One behalf of the Board of Education, Staff and most importantly the students of the Bellaire Local School District; I would like to thank the community for voting to continue the 5 mill Permanent Improvement Levy for another five years.

Please remember this is NOT NEW MONEY!  However, by renewing this levy the district will be able to continue to expend the $236,000 in revenue generated on capital improvements, facilities, buses, technology, etc.  This is especially important in the face of declining enrollment projections which result in reduced state funding.  This trend is also troubling because of the state funding formula causes a shift toward lesser state aide toward a greater reliance on the local property owner.  I say all of this to remind BIG REDS NATION that fiscal stability is not a destination but a journey.

 A journey we have been walking as a district community for some time.  It has been disciplined and it has been painful.  We have downsized over $5.2 million and over 62 positions.  We continue to walk this path; more may be needed in the future.

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Senior Recognition Day

 By: Marissa Dippel and Gage Eden

                Bellaire High School has a tradition of recognizing senior students that participate in sports or extra circular activities at the last home event of the season.

This year, they continued the tradition by recognizing the BHS cheerleaders and football seniors on Saturday, October 31 before the game against Martins Ferry. The football seniors are Noah Harris, Alex Hibbitts, Steven Krupa, Dylan Marling, Anthony Piper, John Price, and Jacob Thornton. The senior cheerleaders are Kaitlyn Callarik, Markiah Peltz, Taylor Scott, and Kaisha Violet.  

Krupa said that his favorite memory from playing was the last second touchdown during the Martins Ferry game his freshman year.

During halftime of that game, the band and Red Line seniors will be recognized. The Red Line senior members are T’Asia Green, Taylor Price, Devin Shaw, Emily Shimble, and Abbey Zonker. The band senior participants are Caitlin Rake, Andrew Reed, Ashley Wiley, and Coda Wines.

“Winning competition my freshman year is my favorite memory from Red Line,” Green said.


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BHS Students of the Month for November

 By: Katey Melott and Marissa Dippel

Bellaire High School’s Students of the Month as nominated by the faculty for November are freshmen Emily Brado and JC Zamora, sophomores Haley Ault and Mason Ramsay, juniors Justyn Keyser and Sloane Porter, and seniors Tylar Eden and Morgan Runyan.

Sophomore Haley Ault is a member of the volleyball team. Her favorite class is Advanced English.

“I feel honored to be picked, hard work pays off,” said Ault.

Freshman Emily Brado participates in track and loves math class.

“I think it’s pretty cool I was picked,” Brado commented.

Senior Tylar Eden is a member of the basketball team, track team, National Honor Society, and yearbook staff.  His favorite class is Anatomy.

“I am extremely honored to be picked for student of the month and to be recognized by others,” commented Eden.

Junior Justyn Keyser participates in football, basketball, and track. Keyser’s favorite class is math.


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Renewal Levy Passes

Bellaire Local Schools administration and staff are grateful to the citizens of Bellaire for passing the Permanent Improvement Renewal Levy yesterday. Together we can and will rebuidl this great district!

BMS Visits Country Club Retirement Center

On Friday, October 30th,  the Bellaire Middle School Student Council paid a visit to The Country Club Retirement Center to spend some time with the residents.   While on the trip the students took the residents a box of Halloween candy.  The residents were very excited to see the kids and spend some quality time with them. 

Since it was also Red and Black day,  the residents were both intrigued and amused by some of the outfits that the students wore.   Student Council member Jake Stolz met a 95 year-old man whowas a water boy for the Bellaire Big Reds when he was young.  The two of them made an instant bond. 

Many of the Student Council  members were nervous to go on this trip but afterwards decided that it was one of the most rewarding trips that they have taken.  The group has decided to go back for each holiday and take the residents little gifts each time.  Even though the goal was to brighten up the elder’s day, it was very apparent that they also successfully brightened up each of the student’s day as well.

HS Door Decorating Contest

High school had a door decorating contest during spirit week.  The art class designed and decorated the winning door.  Go Big Reds!!

Elementary Staff in the Spirit

Elementary staff is in the spirit and ready for the big game!

Physics Class Rubber Band Powered Cars

The physics class at Bellaire High School will take on many design projects throughout the year.  From theoretical application to working models, the students enrolled in the class will have many opportunities to display their knowledge, collaborate with fellow classmates, and learn new techniques.  The first of these design projects, the rubber band car project, was just completed.

Students were to design a car powered by no more than three rubber bands.  The only restrictions to the creation of the cars was that they may not be built from Legos or other “toy building materials,” could not be propelled in a “sling shot manner,” and could use up to three rubber bands for power.  This still left plenty of room for students to be creative.

The goal of the project was to traverse a race track that was two meters (about 6.5 feet) wide and ten meters (about 33 feet) long.  A perfect grade was attained by any student that completed the ten meter track without his or her car running outside of the track.  This challenged the students to build their cars to travel as straight as possible because any car that ran outside of the lines had the particular run disqualified.

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Bellaire vs Ferry Spirit Week

By: Lexie McConnaughy and Katey Melott

Bellaire and Martins Ferry have been football rivals for 110 years since 1905. The competition between the two prideful schools is for ownership of SPARKY, a trophy which stands for sportsmanship, participation, achievement, rivalry, knowledge, and youth. This event has built into a week-long celebration.

“The best part is definitely watching all of the hype build up through the week and expressing it at the pep rally,” said varsity cheerleader Taylor Scott.

            Bellaire edges the record for owning SPARKY 53 times over Martins Ferry’s 46.

To celebrate this tradition, students participate in spirit week which is October 26 through the 30. The hallways are decorated by the senior sisters to get students excited for the pep rally, bon fire and game.  The cheerleaders are in charge of organizing the themes for this event.   They include students dressing up according to themes.

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Two Hour Delay Friday, October 30th

Students will be on a two hour delay this Friday, October 30th.  This is also the end of the first 9 weeks.


Attention Parents:

Bellaire Local Schools will dismiss 2 hours early.  We apologize for any confussion and inconvience.  Please be asured we have taken steps to prevent this in the future.


Levy Renewal

Dear BIG REDS Nation,

 I would like to remind you that Election Day is November 3rd.  Even though the Bellaire Board of Education has made over $5.2 million in cuts since 2010, we remain in fiscal emergency status with the state of Ohio.  Therefore it is imperative voters approve the RENEWAL on the district’s 3 mill PERMANENT IMPROVEMENT LEVY.  It will not raise taxes and will go to support items such as capital improvements, buses, textbooks, general property maintenance.


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Girls Cross Country captures OVAC and OVCCL Titles

   The girls cross country team captured their sixth OVAC title in school history and second in a row.  Rylie Purtiman, Nicole Johnston, Syndey Purtiman, and Shaye Beckett were all top 10 finishers in the 3A conference earning medals for their accomplishments. The girls team finished 4th overall out of 24 teams.  The only school to defeat them were 5A schools (University, Parkersburg South, and Morgantown.


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Bellaire Middle School Board Report


Teacher Training
Bellaire Middle School teachers spent 10/12 on a series of staff trainings.
As BMS continues to integrate new technology into the curriculum, it is important for staff to have the knowledge to use it effectively. Teachers spent two hours learning how to use software which allows them to accept assignments electronically and give quick, meaningful feedback. Teachers also learned how to communicate and share documents with other staff in a more efficient way. We believe the use of technology will make our instruction more engaging, efficient, and effective. We will continue to look for ways to integrate technology in a for the benefit of our students.
Teachers spent time examining blueprints for the new AIR assessments in reading and math. With the elimination of PARCC assessments, BMS is gearing up to administer the third set of new reading and math assessments in as many years. Teachers used the newly released test blueprints to fine tune their curriculum maps and identify essential standards. With a solid focus on student achievement, we will continue implementing tools to prepare our kids for all state assessments.

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Class of '65 Makes Generous Donation

Bellaire local schools is blessed with great alumni.  At the October board of education meeting the Class of 1965, represented by Anita Masciarelli Smigil and Helen Fodor presented a check for $2,300 to be split evenly between the middle and elementary schools.  The middle school will use the money for technology needs. The elementary will put the money in the principal’s fund to cover reimbursement of teachers’ supplies. The Class of ’65 has donated money in the past to the schools for various things, such as - batteries for defibrillators, band instrument, a security camera for the buses and other small projects. This year the class celebrated their 50th reunion.  In a letter Smigil said, “We are proud to be graduates of Bellaire Schools and this is our way of giving back to our district for giving us a quality education.  We will forever be Big Reds.”

Elementary School Board Meeting Notes

Derek Ault reported on the elementary building:


4th Grade SS Results from 2014/2015 school year were released today and last years 4th grade scored 86% proficient.  16% above the state average of 70% proficient.

Congratulations to Mrs. Pam McGrath and the the students on this awesome accomplishment.


3rd Grade OAA Results from last year were also released.  Last years 3rd Grade Class met the benchmark of 80% proficient after only 40% scoring proficient last fall.  That’s a 40% increase in achievement over less than one year of instruction.  Fantastic Job!

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Teacher Inservice Monday

On Monday,  October 12th students will not have school.  The staff will

be attneding inservice meetings.

Bellaire Middle School Student of the Month
Hannah Benedetto 5
Terry Wines 5
Sarah Allen 6
Riley Kubic 6
Kaylan Brown 7
David Zwack 7
Madison Finnicum 8
Kyle Shively 8

Bellaire Elementary Student of the Month
Madison Pfalzgraf       KG
Nicholas Knowlton       KG
Elizabeth Mayer 1
Rylin McMahon 1
Alyson Vingia 2
Scott Balsei 2
Rylie Porter 3
Hayden Girty 3
Jada Pugh 4
Ryder Coffman 4

BHS Student of the Month

L-R: Maci Crozier, Taylor Price, Dylan Marling, Gracie Patterson, Abbey Cusick. Not pictured: Clayton Roskovich, Jonathon McClintock, Eric Bennington.  (Photo by Megan McCarthy)

XTO Energy Challenge Winners

Row 1: Sloane Porter, Sydney Badia, Jerrika Gilbert, Mary Garloch, Kaisha Violet  Row 2: Amy Duncan, Dylan Marling, Savannah Allen, Ashlie Conner, Abbey Cusick, Brennon Conroy, Brandon Lucas, Olivia Tranovich, Morgan Runyan, Tylar Eden, Kaitlyn Callarik

Each student in this photo won $200 today at the XTO Energy and Challenge program assembly today at BHS. Photo by Shayla Rosen.

Fiscal Assistant-Payroll Opening

Fiscal Assistant-Payroll

Work Days/Hours:  Monday-Friday   8am-4pm (260 days a year)

Location:    Bellaire School District Administration Office

                    340 34th Street, Bellaire, OH  43906


Associates Degree Required-Accounting field or related field

Payroll experience required

Government Fund Accounting experience preferred. 

Computer skills:  Excel, and Word



Detail Oriented

Job Duties:

Responsible for payroll processing, and reporting which includes:

Federal, state, municipal tax reporting, and update employee record changes,

Calculate and submit STRS & SERS reports

*This is not the complete job description and in no manner states or implies that these are the only duties and responsibilities to be performed. 

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New Forms Added

In the left navigation section, there is a link,  form downloads,  several new forms have been added for both staff use and support groups. 

Facility Use Forms

  • KG-R - explains the use of facility forms
  • Community Use of School Facility
  • Agreement for Use of School Facility


  • FNDRAACT - Fundraising Activites Approval


Board Adopts Policies

September 25, 2015

BIG REDS Nation:

At its September 14th business meeting the Board of Education adopted the two policies for our staff.  The Board voted to adopt this policy after much thoughtful consideration and interaction among its members.  The overriding goal of our Board is the protection of the rights and privacy of our students and staff; and the efficient operation of the district.  We believe these policies help us accomplish these goals.  It should be noted that much of what is found within each one of these policies is already contained within Ohio Revised Code as protecting the rights and privacy of students and staff and well as Federal legislation.

Thank you,

And....GO BIG REDS! 

Darren Jenkins, Superintendent

Bellaire Local School District



Cancer Awareness Match

Thursday, September 24th  is our Cancer Awareness Match. As you know our beloved Dee Palian passed away on July 30, 2015, after a lengthy battle with a rare blood disorder and breast cancer. Dee devoted her life to happily serving the students of the Bellaire School District for 38 years. The Lady Reds Volleyball team, along with Martins Ferry (who is honoring Rod Monroe, who passed from colon cancer), will play Thursday's match in honor of these two individuals.  The money raised will go to a young man, Kevin Wick (2015 graduate of Martins Ferry) who was diagnosed with cancer. His insurance covers everything except the shots that he needs. These shots cost  $2500-$3000. We are asking that you remember Dee and Rod with a donation. If you get a chance, please come and watch these two rivals play. Freshmen start @ 4:30, Reserve @ 5:30ish, and Varsity @ 6:30ish.

Cross Country Team Fundraiser

The cross Country team will be holding its annual celebrity server at Undo's in St. C on Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Our high school runners will serve as wait staff.  We get to keep a portion of sales and ALL tips.
Come out to eat for dinner and support our Bellaire Cross Country Family!

Hawkins New Band Director

This article is provided by the Bellaire High School Media Writing


This year Bellaire High School is honored to have Mrs. Sheyanne Hawkins as the new band director. Mrs. Hawkins also heads the choir program as well as teaching band at the middle school.

She is one of the few teachers who travels between buildings and says the only difference among students is the levels of maturity, and it is a growth process.

      On a regular school day, Mrs. Hawkins starts her day at the middle school then travels to high school for choir and band class. Mrs. Hawkins says the only obstacle traveling back and forth to the schools is when there is a schedule change.

       Mrs. Hawkins is a 1990 graduate from Bellaire High School. She then went to train with “Persons with Exceptionalities.” Next, in 2005 she attended West Liberty University and graduated in 2010.

        Before teaching here at Bellaire, Mrs. Hawkins taught music at River. Her inspiration for education comes from her former high school teachers.

 Her favorite style of music is all music. “It all depends on my mood,” she explained.

So far teaching here at Bellaire, Mrs. Hawkins’ favorite concept about Bellaire is our school spirit. Her least favorite about Bellaire is the way others perceive our school. “Other than that I love Bellaire,” said Mrs. Hawkins.

      Being a graduate of Bellaire, Mrs. Hawkins believes keeping school tradition is very important. She would like to see more pride and dedication into our programs.

 By Shayla Rosen


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Hart New Secretary at BHS

Mrs. Kim Hart is the new secretary for Bellaire High School. She chose to work here because it’s her alma mater. She graduated in 1994, and worked at West Virginia Northern College before returning here.

Her favorite part about Bellaire thus far is the people. The most difficult part about her job is that a lot of things are still paper and pen, and she’s used to electronics. So it is one of her goals to update things where and when she can.

One of Mrs. Hart’s biggest fears is that she’ll never know everything that former secretary Mrs. Linda Rataiczak knew.

Some of Mrs. Hart’s hobbies consist of going camping, raising chickens, and watching her daughter play softball.  Her favorite animal is a dog because they’re loyal, never judge, and overall are happy to be around.

Mrs. Hart would like to see enrollment increase, more electives offered for students to take, and to pass more levies.

By: T’Asia Green

Homecoming Court 2015

The 2015 Homecoming court consists of ten senior members. The males that were selected are Josh Bumgardner, Tylar Eden, Dylan Marling, Anthony Piper, and Tyler Stewart. The females that were chosen are Sydney Badia, Kaitlyn Callarik, Mary Garloch, Jerrika Gilbert, and Morgan Runyan.

               The weekend kicks off when the candidates, Red Line, and band parade through town and visit area businesses at noon on Friday, October 2. Upon return to school, there will be a pep rally at 1:30 and 1:45. During the assembly, there will be skits and games including with the court members.

               On Saturday, October 3, at 11 am there will be another parade. It is composed of Red Line, band, cheerleaders, alumni, queen candidates, and last year’s queen Danielle Stoner. They will leave the high school and travel to Nelson Field where the football team will play Steubenville Catholic Central at 12:30.


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Great Start to the New Year

The first week of school is officially in the books!  We are fortunate to have a committed staff of bus drivers, mechanics, maintenance, custodians, cafeteria workers, teachers, and administrators.  Many things take place prior to the school year starting.  The custodial staff works very hard to clean every inch of every building in the district.  Maintenance workers spent the summer making repairs to the buildings that were much needed.   The mechanics at the bus garage did a phenomenal job preparing the buses for inspection – with all passing on first inspection.  Teachers worked preparing their classrooms for the students’ arrival. 

As most of you are aware there have been many changes in the district this past summer.  With all the changes things went well for the first week.  There are several new faces in the district and some familiar faces have changed positions. 

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Meet the Team a Success

The Meet the Teams night has become a staple in Bellaire Athletics signifying the start of the fall sports season.  This years' edition did not disappoint.  From the sneak-peak of the "Pride of the All-American Town" marching band's half-time repertoire to the upbeat cheers of Coach Games' cheerleaders, the Big Reds supporters on hand had plenty to cheer for on the night.  The fall season promises to be exciting for those rooting for the Red and Black! Good luck to all of the coaches and players this fall!  Go Big Reds!



2015-2016 Bus Schedules

2015-2016 Bus Schedule is now on the site.  If you look under Quick Links on the left you will see bus schedules towards the bottom.  Click on that link and the schedule will appear.

Meet the Team 2015

Meet the Team will be held Wednesday, August 19th at Nelson Field.  Come meet the fall sports teams.  Both Jr Hi and high school teams will be introduced.  The band and cheerleaders will also be introduced as well as perform.  There will be a short pep rally after all the introductions.  The event will begin at 6:00 PM and last approximately one hour.

Reserve seat tickets as well as senior and student passes will be on sale.  Booster groups are encouraged to set up stands and sell their spirit items for the upcoming season.  There will be a 50/50 to benefit the athletic department and be sure to get a raffle ticket when entering for a chance to win some donated items.  The final item to be given away will be a free pass for admission to all athletic events for the upcoming school year.

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BMS 2015-2016 Supply List


Here is a link to our 2015-2016 supply list. Please use this as a reference for your back to school shopping!

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BMS 2015-2016 Dress Code


Here is a copy of our 2015-2016 dress code. Please review our requirements before you do your school shopping! You are welcome to contact Mr. McAfee with any questions. dmcafee@bellaire.k12.oh.us

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