Learning Updates for September 25 to September 29

September 29, 2023

Middle School Spanish Students Honor Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is a national celebration to recognize the contribution of the Hispanic and Latinx communities to the United States. Middle school Spanish students at Belmont Day are showing joy and respect by honoring the language and culture of the Hispanic communities. In sixth grade, students learned the capitals, flags, and locations of the Spanish-speaking countries and researched some of the leaders in different industries. Seventh graders created a presentation and a bulletin board to inform and encourage the BDS community to attend the events happening in Boston area to celebrate the month. And our eighth grade Spanish students created colorful and creative displays with some facts about Hispanic Heritage Month. Check out those displays around the Barn!

– Ana Maria Restrepo, Spanish teacher

Latin Students Learn Concept of An ‘Inflected Language’

A main concept of students’ work in Latin is understanding the idea of Latin as an inflected language, i.e. a language in which the ending of a word determines its meaning and function, not its placement in the sentence as in English. This week in seventh grade Latin, students examined the relationship between verbs and pronouns while keeping the idea of inflected language in mind. Using manipulatives, a catchy song, and repeated practice, students are reviewing and learning personal verb endings, recognizing new pronouns, and identifying the verb as the subject even when the subject is not clearly stated in a sentence. We will then enhance our understanding of conjugating verbs and inflected language by intentionally shuffling the words, removing pronouns, and omitting subjects in Latin sentences to continue decoding meaning.

Nicole Buck, Latin teacher

Fourth Graders Design, Build, and Then Hide Mysterious Creatures

This summer, rising fourth graders read Bob, a novel by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, that tells the story of a mysterious green creature in a chicken suit. As we came back from summer vacation, students dove into creating their own ‘Bobs’, based on descriptions given in the novel. They used the engineering design process, new tools, and lots of communication and teamwork skills to ensure their Bobs were creatively finished on time! Students then hid their Bobs (with an attached QR code) around the school and collected data on how many times each Bob was found by the BDS faculty. We are analyzing the data in math class and are looking forward to the other engineering design projects we will have this year!

– Emily Crawford, fourth grade teacher

Lollipops and Rainbows in Fifth Grade Math

Fifth graders are practicing their factorization skills by creating posters that showcase different strategies for finding the factors of a given number. Utilizing either the “lollipop” or “rainbow” method, students used their multiplication skills to break numbers apart into their composite multiplication equations. These colorful posters help anchor these core concepts more deeply in students’ minds and serve as a resource for future factor problems.

– Patrick Murray, fifth grade teacher


July 11, 2024

In late June music teacher Kassie Bettinelli and Latin teacher Nicole Buck traveled to Colorado Springs to attend The Gardner Carney Leadership Institute at the Fountain Valley School. The six-day intensive workshop helps K-12 teachers and administrators learn how to…


June 7, 2024

PE Update: First Graders Explore Their Athletic Identities At Belmont Day we often say that every student is an athlete. But what does that actually mean? Our Athletic Identity Project is a chance for first graders to explore that idea…

By John O'Neill, Director of Athletics |

June 7, 2024

Recipients of the 2023 Coaches’ Awards returned to campus Thursday afternoon for the Athletics Banquet. Before recognizing this year’s award winners, Liam Brodeur, Avery Schneider, Nebiyou Elias, and Quincy Treisman shared some advice with this year’s graduating class and then…

By John O'Neill, Director of Athletics |

May 31, 2024

Belmont Day’s mountain biking team has grown exponentially in gnarliness since its inception four years ago. This year’s squad benefitted from extended Monday rides, leveling up throughout the season, and culminating in the first-ever MTB “away game” at Great Brook…
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