Havana Nights

On Friday, April 19th, an unmistakably tropical vibe will come to Bellaire when The Alumni & Friends of Bellaire High School hosts “Havana Nights,” the organization’s 30th annual fundraiser. As they enter the Bellaire Civic Center, guests will be transported to the decadent, sun-soaked Havana of the first half of the twentieth century. Funds raised from this event will be used towards student scholarships, teacher grants, and school improvements at Bellaire High School.
Space is limited at this event, and tickets may be purchased online for $75/person in advance at bellairehighschoolalumni.org

Sponsors at the date of this release include Prosperity Bank, Alair/Cason Graye Homes Homes (class of ’96), Lettie Harrell/LH2 Architecture, Bellaire Family and Eye Care, Steven Vaughan, DDS, and Mike Weston, Attorney at Law (Class of ’98) The ‘401 Table & Tap.  Table sponsorships range from $1,000-$2,000 and include a table of 6 at the event in addition to recognition on all event-related materials proportionate to giving level. The event committee is currently seeking additional sponsors seeking to support this wonderful cause as well as donations of items to be included in the online auction and event raffle. Interested sponsors and donors may fill out the event donor form online at: https://form.jotform.com/233037762960055 by March 20th for recognition.

Javier Eilments will have the dance floor lively with pulsing Latin tunes as well as popular favorites of generations of Bellaire grads. Latin flavor will be in abundance with cuisine from Bellaire-area restaurants Café Piquet and The ‘401. Wine, beer, and sangria will be available for purchase during the event.

The event is chaired by Rebecca Phillips and committee members include: Leslie Crossman, Kristi Coffey, Paige Henderson, Nancy Kahlden, Abbie Chuo, Peggy Rutledge, Linda Kocher, and Sharon Sudbury.

Location: Bellaire Civic Center at 7008 South Rice Avenue
Date and Time: Friday, April 19th from 6-11 P.M.

The Alumni and Friends of Bellaire High School (AFBHS) is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) organization that was founded in 1993 to fundraise and foster alumni connections. The mission of AFBHS is to create a lifelong community of alumni through increased opportunities for meaningful engagement in order to increase awareness, pride, participation, volunteer involvement, and philanthropic commitment to Bellaire High School.

Thanks to the generous support of Bellaire alumni, friends, and business partners, AFBHS has raised over $3 million for student scholarships, recognition for educators, and school improvements. AFBHS is composed of non-paid volunteers who contribute their time, energy and support to the organization.

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    Your Voice Matters

    Calling all students, parents, friends, and neighbors! Let’s pack the BHS auditorium on Monday night.   

    A principal can make or break the school culture.  We need your input on the qualities of the next BHS principal.  Your attendance championing a united BHS community matters especially at this important meeting.

    Dr. Ponce, Assistant Superintendent High Schools Office, will be in attendance.

    Our community deserves a great school with a strong principal.  #BellaireStrong #CardinalProud

    Principal Michael McDonough’s Retirement Announcement

    Dear Alumni and Friends of Bellaire High School,

    It is with great sadness, anger, frustration, and bewilderment to inform you that Principal Michael “Mike” McDonough has decided to retire from HISD. He decided to leave what he loved doing, which was being Principal of Bellaire High School, instead of continuing to deal with the un-ending investigation being run by the administration of HISD. This is difficult news to hear and to process for teachers, colleagues, students, alumni and the friends of Michael and Bellaire High School.

    Michael has been a great advocate for the students, faculty, and community of BHS. He has been a tireless leader for the school and has worked hours fighting for the needs of the school and support of the faculty and students. He involved himself in the day to day process of running the school, while juggling administrative meetings, supporting faculty, and making personal connections with the students on campus, and participating in the PTO and was hands on in the planning for the new BHS building. Michael made a point to attend sporting events, student competitions, and club activities. During COVID, he maintained contact with the kids by continuing to have a morning meeting that involved announcements and information about events that could still occur. Michael would make jokes and do skits for the kids to help support them during the horrible isolation that was occurring. Through his personal interactions many students have commented how well they knew him and that they knew Michael McDonough cared about them and their success.  The school has flourished while he has been the leader of BHS, recruiting and maintaining well qualified excellent teachers, creating many National Merit Scholars, numerous AP Scholars, and having multiple valedictorians graduating at the same time from Bellaire in the past several years.

    Michael has always been a big support to the Alumni and Friends of Bellaire High School and has appreciated the importance of our organization. He has met with us to assist in deciding how he can best help us fundraise and he has attended our recent crawfish boils and silent auctions that have raised money for awarding student scholarships for college. He was praising our organization and would talk about AFBHS with others to make them aware of our purpose to support the school.

    Michael McDonough is not replaceable. We understand his choice was difficult, but the constant scrutiny and uncertainty is also difficult and stressful to bear. We do not know what happens next. The Bellaire High School Community will be grieving, and we are angry. We still have heard nothing from the HISD Administration about why this happened and what caused such an upheaval in our school. It has created incredible disappointment and mistrust in the HISD Administration and HISD Board of Trustees. When is the BHS Community going to be provided information, allowed to be heard and allowed to participate in the process of how our school functions.

    Leslie Crossman, PhD

    President of AFBHS ‘82

    Becky Burcalow Phillips

    Vice President, AFBHS ‘69

    Mr. McDonough’s Retirement

    Today is a sad day for the Bellaire students, teachers, parents, community, and HISD.  Mr. McDonough, who served HISD for 30 years with an impeccable record, announced his retirement.  
    Mr. McDonough has mentored countless principals, administrators, teachers, and students during his distinguished tenure at HISD.  Under his leadership, Bellaire High School continued to lead HISD schools with the highest number of National Merit Semi-Finalists and provided a world-class learning environment for all.  Bellaire High School is the only HISD school that offers College Prep level classes in addition to the AP and on-level courses. This approach ensures the academic needs of our diversified student body are met and the different learning needs are addressed.  Mr. McDonough supported Bellaire’s one lunch period, Cardinal Hour, which allows students to seek tutorial help from their teachers and participate in the 100+ student lead club meetings during lunch  time because before and after-school hours are not accessible to all students.  These achievements and practices should be celebrated by HISD. 
    It’s been over 5 months since Mr. McDonough was “temporarily” reassigned.  I can only imagine the mental anguish caused by reporting to HISD Education Learning Center and sitting in isolation every day.   Mr. McDonough felt strongly that his students needed a principal, his teachers needed a principal, and our school community needed a principal.  This is the best decision he could make for everybody in the Bellaire High School community.  

    The Bellaire community and our HISD friends will grieve for this tremendous loss.  Bellaire High School PTO is committed to supporting our students and teachers and continuing our advocacy for our school.  
    We encourage you to express your views and concerns to HISD administrators and Trustees.  Through a call out message, HISD invited our community to attend an in person meeting to gather input for the principal search in the auditorium at 5:30 pm on Monday, October 17.  The time will be confirmed by HISD officials in the next few days.  

    Judy Cheng
    BHS PTO President

    Scholarships Awarded to Outstanding Bellaire Seniors

    The Alumni and Friends of Bellaire High School have just awarded scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year. Scholarships are based on academic achievement, grade point average, class rank, and community involvement.

    This year, 6 – $2,000 scholarships have been awarded to these outstanding students:

    Binze Li – UCLA

    Arianna Zhao – Rice University

    Carol Argenal – Houston Community College

    Jimmy Xin – University of Texas

    Thomas Lai – Prairie View A & M

    Marina Gago – Texas Tech

    Another annual scholarship is in memory of Sherry Senior, who taught Math at Bellaire High School. This year’s recipient of Mrs. Senior’s scholarship Peyton Richardson, who plans to attend Notre Dame.

    Another scholarship is the Cesar Cortes.  The recipient of that is Jason Rodenbaugh. 

    Lastly, the Bellaire African American scholarship was presented to Amari Arthur.

    The AFBHS also awarded a Faculty of the Year Award to Kay Kubena, Math Dept. Chair, PAP Pre-Cal & AP Statisitics Teacher and the Outstanding Staff Award to Marta Flores de Gomez, Head Custodian.  Each of these received a $500 award.

    The Alumni and Friends of Bellaire High School (AFBHS) was organized in 1994 to provide annual student scholarships, improvements to the school, and provide faculty and staff awards to support the dedication of their work at BHS. The Alumni and Friends have given over $2,000,000 in scholarships & donations over the years. Funds are raised through our annual alumni event, alumni donations, and sale of Cardinal Courtyard Bricks (which will continue after the school’s renovation).

    Any graduate of Bellaire High School is encouraged to register with the website to keep informed of all alumni events, class reunions, and school happenings.

    Please go to website to register: bellairehighschoolalumni.org

    Class of 1971 50th Reunion

    The BHS class of 1971 is having their 50th reunion on October 15 & 16, 2021. We are trying to locate as many of the 1,000+ graduates that we can! If you are a BHS 71’er or know anyone that is, please go to our official website at www.bellaire71.com and get all the information you need. Thank you!

    Jim Weston and the Reunion Committee

    BHS Is Collecting Pictures

    Bellaire High School is collecting pictures for an end of year slideshow that will be played during the Bellaire High School Fine Arts Showcase taking place in the late spring of 2021 (date TBD). Since this is our last performance in the current BHS Auditorium before we move to the new space, we would love to feature your fine arts photos in the slideshow – especially if they were taken in the BHS Auditorium or on the original campus from 1955-Present! We can accept photos as scanned hard copies of photographs or digital photographs by Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 4:00 PM.   Photo Subject: We are looking for photos of students and alumni participating in any fine art {including – but not limited to – band, theatre (production or tech), orchestra, guitar, choir, dance: Belles, Emotions, etc., and any visual art}.  
    How can you submit photos?   

    Email2021BellaireShowcase@gmail.com If emailing: please include your name, graduation date, the year the photo was taken, fine art area pictured, and any other relevant information (example: names of other individuals pictured, caption of photo, etc.)   

    Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/request/j7m1D0sDHGjiS0K1e0FB If uploading to DropBox, please send an email to 2021BellaireShowcase@gmail.com that gives your first and last name, graduation date, year photo was taken, fine art area pictured, and other relevant information.

    Let’s Bid for a Great Cause!

    Dear Alumni & Friends,

    For 30 years, the Alumni & Friends of Bellaire High School (AFBHS) has focused its efforts on raising money for student scholarships, teacher grants, and school improvements at Bellaire High School, raising over $1,000,000 for scholarship and support for BHS.

    The AFBHS has raised money by hosting events such as the Fun Run, several golf tournaments, Happy Hours with silent auction and annual Alumni donations. Covid-19 has disabled us from having in person events to raise money for scholarships which is why we are asking for your help to donate in order to continue to provide scholarships to strong academic students and students with financial needs. 

    Now, more than ever, our community needs us. And we need you! Together, we have an opportunity to lead Bellaire High School through the 21st century and maintain the national standards for which it is known. As many of you know, the doors of our newly constructed building are scheduled to open in 2021 and we are eager to rally together as a family to support our students. 

    With your generous support, we can meet this great need. Here are a few ways you can make an immediate impact. 

    A Special Thank You to Our Silent Auction Sponsors

    Check our our online auction! We have an amazing array of gift cards, Gift Baskets, Apple Air Pods and so much more! 

    Auction ends September 15, 2020

    We have some amazing raffle items! Get your raffle tickets today! The more raffle tickets you buy, the better odds you have of winning something! Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20.00. Raffle winners will be announced on September 16, 2020.

    Red & White Patron                                $50

    Cardinal Patron                                       $100

    Silver Patron                                            $250

    Gold Patron                                             $500

    Lifetime Charter Member                        $1,000

    All donations are greatly appreciated! No gift is too small or too big. 

    Please consider donating to one of our scholarship programs. 

    Alumni & Friends of Bellaire High School

    Sherry Senior Scholarship Fund

    Cesar Cortes Scholarship (Scholarship designed specifically for JROTC Senior Students)

    Bellaire African American Association Alumni Scholarship (Scholarship designed specifically for Black graduating seniors)

    Coming Soon

    Opportunities to purchase bricks that will be available to commemorate the new BHS buildings

    New Online Directory

    Bellaire High School has been and continues to be a fine representation of our community. In order for us to continue to have contact with you, provide information about Bellaire High School activities, and be an avenue for locating old friends and classmates, and make new ones, we need you to update your contact information for our online directory. You can do this by simply going to www.bellairehighschoolalumni.org

    Hope you continue to enjoy connecting with old friends and classmates and locating people you have lost touch with through using this new online format for the Bellaire High School Alumni Directory.

    Our legacy depends on you. Please stay connected and informed about Bellaire High School through the alumni website www.bellairehighschoolalumni.org.

    Thank you for your continued support! GO CARDS!

    Leslie L. Crossman (Class of 1982) | President, Alumni & Friends of Bellaire High School

    Becky (Burcalow) Phillips (Class of 1969) | Vice-President, Alumni & Friends of Bellaire High School

    Scott Simpson (Class of 1972) | Treasurer

    Kristi (Phillips) Roland (Class of 1990) | Secretary

    Kristi Coffey (Class of 1998)

    Trey Henderson (Class of 1985)

    Paige (Henderson) Ruiz (Class of 1991)


    Planning on a class reunion? We can help facilitate information. Send reunion information to info@bellairehighschoolalumni.org and we will get the word out. 

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