Belchertown High School

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Belchertown High School
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Address
142 Springfield Road
Belchertown, Massachusetts 01007
United States
Information
School type Public
Open enrollment[1]
Principal Christine Vigneux
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Black and orange         
Athletics conference MIAA Division 2
Mascot Boris the Oriole
Team name Orioles
Average SAT scores 583 verbal
568 math
1151 total (2016-2017)[2]
Website

Belchertown High School (BHS) is located in Belchertown, Massachusetts. The high school is home to grades 9 through 12. The building has three floors, a cafeteria, an auditorium, a library, and a gymnasium with an indoor-track on the upper floor.

History[edit]

The building is on Springfield Road and was first used in the 2002-2003 school year. The high school used to be on North Washington Street, in the building which is now the Jabish Brook Middle School. The principal is Christine M. Vigneux, who is assisted by Mr. Douglas Daponde, the Vice Principal.

The high school offers many Advanced Placement courses (AP). The school holds very high MCAS scores in English.

The high school's motto is "The Belchertown High School educational community fosters academic excellence and responsible citizenship in a positive, safe, and respectful environment in order to develop productive contributors to society."

Music program[edit]

Belchertown High School's music program includes nine musical groups and ensembles including a Concert Band (9th & 10th grade students), Symphony Band (11th & 12th grade students), Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble 1, Percussion Ensemble 2, Marching Band, Concert Choir, and a Women's Choir. The band program has won numerous gold medals (the highest medal awarded) at MICCA, which is a high school band competition in Massachusetts. The choir program has also won numerous awards.

In 2012, the school's marching band, the Marching Orioles, performed in the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. On the same trip, the Belchertown High School Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Concert Band competed in the Orlando World Strides Heritage Festival and received numerous awards.[citation needed] [3]

In Spring 2014, the BHS Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Concert Band again received awards at the World Strides Heritage Festival in Chicago, Illinois, including the highest scoring ensemble (Symphony Band) and best overall program.[citation needed]

The Director of Bands was Lyndsay Boysen from 2008 to 2014. Dr. Brian Messier has been director since Fall 2014. The choir director is Susan Comstock. In the 2013-2014 school year, the program included more than 160 students.[4]

Athletics[edit]

Belchertown High School's athletic programs include soccer and lacrosse teams. The boys soccer team won the Massachusetts Division 3 State Championship Title during Fall 2013 in the 2013-2014 school year. In the 2014-2015 school year the soccer team won the Division 3 Western Massachusetts Championship Title.

The school also has Cross Country teams for both girls and boys. In the Fall of 2017, Evan Dunigan, a member of the Belchertown Boys' Cross Country team, qualified for States.

Student and teacher population[edit]

In the 2014-2015 school year, there were more than 700 students enrolled at the school and more than 50 teachers.

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/schoolchoice/choice-status.pdf
  2. ^ http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/statereport/sat.aspx
  3. ^ Russell, Jim. "3 shares Belchertown High School singers, musicians win at Disney World". MassLive.com. Retrieved 6/2/17.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ N/A, N/A. "Department of Music Faculty". belchertownps.org. Retrieved 6/2/17.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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Coordinates: 42°15′51″N 72°24′10″W / 42.2641°N 72.4029°W / 42.2641; -72.4029