Bellaire High School brimmed with excitement on Saturday as alumni — some of whom hadn’t walked the halls in more than 60 years — joined with current students to say goodbye to their beloved campus.
With the school set for demolition this summer, Cardinals flocked from far and wide for the Final Building Walk Through, co-hosted by the Bellaire Parent-Teacher Organization and the Alumni and Friends of Bellaire High School.
With the first phase of construction 85 percent complete, Bellaire High School is on track to debut three new wings — academic, fine arts, and physical education — when students return for the 2021-2022 school year.
Crews are installing technology in the three-story academic wing, which is nearly complete and expected to be outfitted with furniture in June after students depart for the summer.
Carpet has been installed in the auditorium and ceiling tiles and flooring are now being installed in the remainder of the fine arts wing. Epoxy flooring in the natatorium pool also is underway in the physical education wing.
A Bellaire High School senior was recently named a winner of the
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes for her work connecting those who may go
hungry with those who can supply free, nutritious food.
Annie Zhu is one of only 15 winners of the
prestigious award that recognizes inspiring, public-spirited young
people from diverse backgrounds who live in North America.
Zhu is the co-founder of Fresh Hub, which collects food from Houston-area grocery stores and bakeries and then distributes it to Houston neighborhoods that have been deemed food deserts. To date, Fresh Hub has collected 10,000 pounds of food and distributed it to more than 1,400 people.
Construction at Bellaire High School marked a significant construction milestone this month, as the new building reached its topping out point.
Topping out refers to the act of placing the last steel beam atop a structure’s highest point. Bellaire students, faculty, and alumni celebrated the occasion by signing a large white beam that was then placed above what will become the school’s natatorium.
“Having the Class of 2020, our faculty, staff, alumni, and friends sign the beam was a wonderful gesture to ensure that all the elements that make a school community will forever be a part of this new building,” Bellaire Principal Michael McDonough said.
January 15, 2020 – Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of one of our students. The past 24 hours have been incredibly difficult for Bellaire High School and the Houston ISD community. A tragedy of this magnitude is difficult to comprehend. As a parent, I am deeply saddened and angered by this horrific act of violence. Details are still unfolding, and we may not know for some time why this happened. Unfortunately, HISD is not immune to the plague of gun violence afflicting school campuses nationwide.
We are committed to
vigilantly protecting students and staff at our schools. HISD will continue to
evaluate our security measures, as we regularly do, in order to maximize the
safety of our children and staff. I want to thank all local law enforcement
agencies, which acted swiftly to respond and apprehend a suspect. I am also
grateful to the principal of Bellaire High School and the rest of the staff who
took appropriate action to ensure no other students were physically harmed
during the incident. Every child deserves a safe school environment.
Classes at Bellaire High
School will resume tomorrow, January 16. Crisis counselors will be available to
Bellaire students and staff for as long as they are needed. There will be
additional HISD police officers on campus and patrols around the campus and
extra administrative personnel to ensure the school is safe and secure.
Bellaire HS alum and EMERGE program participant Liana Wang among 32 U.S. students chosen for elite honor
Houston Independent School District graduate Liana Wang
has been selected to join the 2020 Rhodes Scholarship class from a pool of
nearly 1,000 U.S. applicants who attend top colleges and universities
throughout the nation.
“This is a testament to the community that has brought me here: my family, friends, professors, and supporters throughout my life, including my teachers and mentors in EMERGE and HISD,” Wang said. “They motivate my work, and I hope my time at Oxford helps me better achieve my goals of pursuing a more just and equitable society.”
HISD Bond Oversight Committee members toured the new Wharton Dual Language Academy during their quarterly meeting Tuesday, getting an inside look at the building that opened its doors to students just four months ago.
Wharton Principal Jennifer Day and HISD Construction Services Senior Manager Meredith Smith led the group around the colorful building, making stops in classrooms, science and computer labs, and art and music rooms, as well as the cafeteria, gym, and library.
The sun shone brightly upon Bellaire High School students,
staff, and community members Tuesday as they gathered for the long-awaited
groundbreaking ceremony in honor of their new school.
“While the road has been challenging and the process
arduous, I believe that we are now ready to build a school that exceeds our
initial expectations and that will propel our students into the future,” Principal
Michael McDonough said.
Students will have opportunity to compete for more than $31 million in scholarships
Fifty seniors from eight Houston Independent School District high schools have earned one of the top academic honors in the nation by qualifying as semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
The students attend Bellaire, Carnegie Vanguard, Lamar and Westside high schools, DeBakey High School for Health Professions, Houston Academy for International Studies, Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and Sharpstown International School.
The students are among 16,000 from across the country to earn the semifinalist designation, allowing them the opportunity to continue in the academic competition and vie for more than $31 million in scholarships that will be awarded next spring. Continue reading →