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Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Russell C. Pagano Jr., Principal of Belleville High School

Dear Parents, Students, and Members of the Belleville Community:

On behalf of the BHS Family & Community, it is my pleasure to extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to you as we begin the 2016-2017 school year at Belleville High School.  September is the time of year to reconnect with old friends and welcome new friends. We at BHS are very pleased to welcome everyone to the 2016-2017 school year!  To those students and parents who are new to BHS, we extend an especially warm welcome, and best wishes, for an exciting and productive year in your new school. We hope that you will quickly feel at home and become involved in the activities of our school through the Home and School Association (HSA) and your child’s teachers.  


As I begin my sixth year as principal of BHS, I am energized and deeply committed to make a positive difference in the lives of your children.  I will continue to work diligently with parents and faculty to foster an atmosphere that promotes a learning community characterized by child centered instruction and decisions, academic excellence, trust, respect, community involvement, excellent communications, and recognition, of both student and staff achievement. I am committed to working in collaboration with you to continue to develop and implement this shared vision. I truly believe that communication is the key to a successful educational experience.  Together, we will continue to improve the quality of our school community and provide the best for the children of Belleville High School.  Education is a partnership between the school, students, parents/guardians, and community.  All children are more successful when we work as a team to achieve our educational goals.  We will continue to set high academic expectations for all children and providing supportive systems to assure they are met.  By addressing school culture, setting high standards for teacher performance, increasing academic expectations for all students and engaging the community, it is our goal at Belleville High School that all graduates are college and career ready. 


My mission is to embrace our community, as I visualize Belleville High School to be a place of learning and dedication. It is a place where students, parents and the community work together towards a common mission to achieve our goals; treating all students as if the school’s livelihood depends on it. Belleville High School is a place that seeks solutions to problems; a place where students feel safe, have an active voice in their education and become partners with their teachers in becoming successful. Schedules are currently being reviewed for your child’s success at Belleville High School. Your child’s success in scholastic achievement is very important; therefore, it is imperative to stay in touch with your child’s teachers either via phone, conferences, or email. Teachers are available via the school website at Please note that through the website you as a parent can stay connected with your child’s teacher as well as be able to view grades and any other pertinent information. Please be sure to visit the website regularly for updated information and resources as this will be one of the primary ways we will communicate with you and your family throughout the year.


Starting with the 2016-2017 school year, all student information will be accessible through OnCourse Connect, not Powerschool.  This new platform will allow us to electronically send report cards, progress reports, and ancillary announcements.  Parents will still have the option to receive report cards and progress reports via regular mail by making a formal request through the principal’s office. For parents without availability to the internet, access to the portal will be available at the Belleville Public Library.  Furthermore, there will be a mobile app available making information easily obtainable via any Smart Phone. 


I look forward to another successful school year. Please stay involved, and call on your child’s teacher, counselor, or administrator for any assistance you may need during the 2016-2017 school year. Please remember that your child’s success depends on all of us as a community and your involvement as their parent is imperative!

Belleville High School’s Building Goals


Goal Number 1: School Climate

By the end of the school year 2016-17, the data will demonstrate a five (5) percent increase from the staff climate survey that was completed in the spring of 2016 school year.  The increase will be reflective of the improvement of the overall score from the six categories of the Staff Climate Survey.

Physical Environment, Emotional Environment, Teaching and Learning, Relationships, Community Engagement, and Moral in School

  • Increase the number of participants responding to the survey including: secretaries, custodians, para professionals, teachers/staff, cafeteria workers and Administrators.
  • Continue with Enrichment PLC meetings.
  • Continue with teacher prep time as per contract.
  • Departmental Quotes throughout the building.
  • Facilities walkthroughs by administration.
  • Reporting of plant issues immediately by staff members.
  • Beautification Incentives
  • The addition of the Dean of Student’s position
  • Increase the Administration presence in the hallways and classrooms.
  • The return of the Peer Conflict Resolution Program.
  • Continue with the Student of the Month Program.
  • Using walkthroughs and observations to give useful feedback.
  • Revising of the Enrichment Program
  • The implementation of GradPoint Core
  • Discipline Tracker provided by OnCourse
  • Parent portal on OnCourse
  • Continue with Staff and Student activities programs
  • Implementation of the Belleville High School Events Committee
  • Increase communications between staff, students, community and administrations

Goal Number 2: Reducing Student Failures

By the end of the school year 2016-17, Belleville High School will reduce the number of individual course failures by twenty (20) percent from the 2015-16 final Y1 grade.

  • Implementation of Quarterly Assessments
  • Implementation of Math and English Labs
  • National Honor Society Tutoring
  • Increase the amount of teacher/student tutoring time
  • Redesign of the Enrichment program
  • PLC’s
  • Best practices
  • Common Planning
  • PARCC Data
  • School Based Focus on Specific ELA Standard
  • Math Department Focus on Specific Math Standards
  • Science Department Focus on Specific Science Standards
  • School Wide Initiative to Increase Writing Skills.
  • Student Buy In
  • Implementation of the GradPonit Program
  • Timely submission of all grades
  • Increase student attendance
  • Differentiation
  • Increase Technology

Goal Number 3: Increase Student PARCC Scores

Based on the Multi-Test Administration of the PARCC assessment, there will be a four (4) percent increase in the number of the students successfully passing the Standardized PARCC Assessment in each testing area according to the 2017 graduation cut off scores.


  • PARCC Data
  • School Based Focus on Specific ELA Standard
  • Math Department Focus on Specific Math Standards
  • Science Department Focus on Specific Science Standards
  • School Wide Initiative to Increase Writing Skills.
  • PARCC like test questions on test and quarterly assessments
  • Computer generated testing during instruction time
  • Identifying low scoring standards
  • Implementation of each area’s district action plan

Goal Number 4: By January 2017, 80% of all Belleville High School educators will have 80% of their students and/or parents  subscribe to their Belleville High School Edlio teacher Website.


  • In the Fall of 2016, Educators will receive district provided professional development training on how to develop outstanding website.
  • Teacher/Administration will provide time for students to access the website during school hours.
  • Educators will enhance their website so it is user friendly
  • Educators will encourage their students and the student’s parents to subscribe to their website at the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year via classroom announcements, letters home, open school night announcements, and other creative ways.
  • Educators will link their Oncourse homework assignments to their website. Educators will include on their website supplemental learning resources, review sheets, syllabi, and class rules.