Bellcate Brain Science students, inspired by their peer Dylan, decided to address the issue of socializing outside of school. Most Bellcate students have social therapeutic goals but the students say it is hard to get together for a wide range of reasons. Once per month, Bellcate gets a good turnout for “4 Square Night,” which is a family friendly social activity hosted and staffed by Bellcate School. The Brain Science students advocated to have a movie night that was semi-hosted and supported by the school but largely initiated by students with a greater level of independence. “This is honestly what every Director of a therapeutic school wants to hear,” stated Jesse Bell, Bellcate School Administrator. “Students developing a shared healthy interest and facilitating it themselves? It doesn’t get much better than that.” The class got right to work to develop a time, place and theme as well as a plan for transportation and communication. The students wanted just a couple of volunteer staff to join for support. And “Black Out-A night at the movies” was born. The Brain Science students did all of the thinking, planning and communicating. They decided on the movie Black Panther and created a cool theme of everyone wearing black to the event. Six students and three staff attended the social event with only two days’ notice. The crew met up at Essex Cinema at 6pm for the show. Everyone bought their own tickets and got snacks for the viewing. Students filed in together and sat independently from staff. “It is so cool seeing them enjoy a social night together without relying too much on our support,” said Josh Sinz, Bellcate Art Director.” “Can we do this every month?” asked Bev Spencer, Bellcate Program Instructor. The students jumped all over Bev’s idea and the second great idea was born…Bellcate Student’s Monthly Movie Night. The movie was a great success. The students had a really nice time and the reaction we got from parents was also very positive. “My son had a great time! I cannot remember the last time he went out with a group of friends socially.” –Bellcate Parent.
This summer Bellcate School kicked off a new course offering, Friendology: The Science of Friendship. This course is a 9 unit, 24 week program designed to teach students about friendship, how to make and maintain friendships. “It is mostly assumed that people just know how to do this,” explains Jesse Bell, Bellcate Director. “This is… Read more »
This school year Bellcate staff and students are participating in a collaborative project with Liesl Ulrich Verderber from Clarkson University. Almost three years ago Liesl approached Bellcate School Director, Jesse Bell with a light bulb concept! As a graduate from Harvard with a background in architectural design and economics, Liesl wanted to bring her talents… Read more »
On August 20th and 21st, Bellcate held its 1st annual Parent Volunteer Days. At Bellcate School, we stress the importance of ‘community support’ with our students, and what a great way for parents to recognize the significance of this value and lead by example! With our offices and classrooms in disarray from getting them ready… Read more »
Interview with Callie Coffman on her ECHO Volunteer position. Interviewee: Callie Coffman Interviewer: Lisa Aunchman-Johnston Callie, how long have you volunteered at Echo? I have been at Echo since I turned 16 in June, 2018 When do you volunteer at ECHO? I volunteer at ECHO every Friday from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm What are… Read more »
KW D4 Golf
September 25, 2018 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The Links at Lang Farm, 39 Essex Way, Essex Junction, VT 05452, USA
Please come out and support our student Keith while he plays on the Bellcate Bulldogs Golf team! We love to have support from all of our families and friends. Please contact Athletic Director, Jamie Moore @ 802-578-5370 with any questions.
ED Football Game - Home
September 28, 2018 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Milton Senior High School, 17 Rebecca Lander Dr, Milton, VT 05468, USA
Please come out and support our student Eric while he plays on the Varsity Football Team for Milton HS! We love to have support from all of our families and friends. Please contact Athletic Director, Jamie Moore @ 802-578-5370 for more questions.
KW D4 Golf Qualifiers
October 3, 2018 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
***TIME AND LOCATION TBA***
Please come out and support our student Keith while he plays on the Bellcate Bulldogs Golf team to qualify for states! We love to have support from all of our families and friends. Please contact Athletic Director, Jamie Moore @ 802-578-5370 with any questions.
Bellcate's Harvest Festival & Market!
October 4, 2018 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sand Hill Park, 208 Sand Hill Rd, Essex Junction, VT 05452, USA
This is our 5th annual harvest festival and market! We will have booths from students selling things they've made at school. We'll also have vendors from the community. We will have live music, games, and a community art project. This is open to the public, so please tell EVERYONE! This is a FREE event to attend with a lot to do for free and some activities and food for purchase. Please call Jac @ 802-309-8762 with any questions!
ED Football Game - AWAY
October 6, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lyndon Institute, 168 Institute Cir, Lyndon, VT 05850, USA