Bellaire school achievements gain recognition

BELLAIRE — Bellaire Local Board of Education held its regular meeting at the high school cafeteria here Monday where school officials focused on many of the district’s accomplishments.

Middle school principal Derek Ault reported 81 students earned behavior awards for the first nine weeks of school and 75 percent of the students didn’t miss a single homework assignment. Sixty percent of the students had no behavior issues and missed no homework during that period, earning them lunch with the principal.

At the elementary school, Principal Derrick McAfee said parent-teacher conferences went well and it gave the parents the opportunity to get feed back from the teachers, but to give the school some feed back.

Thirty-five percent of the students made the honor roll and principal’s list.

Principal Kevin Roseberry said the high school also had parent-teacher conferences with about 20 percent of the students’ parents or guardians participating. While the number sounds low, Roseberry said that number is better than past parent-teacher conferences and encouraged parents to continue to stay involved in the students and the school through their senior year.

Roseberry also thanked Michelle Weyrick and Paige Maffe for stepping up to help out with the Bellaire Red Line in the absence of Marion Stoltz.

During the monthly “Parade of Champions,” students recognized from Bellaire Elementary School were Christian Cickavage, Jade Lashare, Luke Heatherington, Olivia Weyrick, Colt Westlake, Kaiya Metclaf, Taylor Sabinsky, Anna Steiner, Darian Bell and Lillian Back.

Middle school students who made the cut for the “Parade of Champions” were Cassidy Garloch, Nathan McCabe, Keira Bumgardner, Trenton Wilson, Sydney Purtiman, Sheldon Lekanudos, Paige Pethtel and Ethan Ghent.

Bellaire High School recognized members from the girls’ cross country team for its efforts during another outstanding season. They are Shaye Beckett, Sarah McAninch, Rylie Purtiman, Taylor Stoner, Lesley Bendekovich, Dallas Messenger and Danielle Stoner.

The board also recognized Bellaire Middle School for once again being named a “School of Promise.”

“This is a huge accomplishment for us,” McAfee said. “This means the school is able to close achievement gaps and to put that into plan English, every kid in Bellaire Middle School learns.”

The board also met in executive session for about an hour to discuss employment of personnel.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.