909, 2020

September 9 Parent Letter

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September 9, 2020

District #201 Parents and Students,

Thank you for your support! The environment we are currently operating under is ever-changing. Our faculty and staff appreciates your engagement and patience as we try our very best to serve our students. A great deal of thought and concern went into the development of our plan for this fall. The St. Clair County Health Department issued a strong recommendation to begin the school year remotely, that our district followed. While not perfect, I am extremely proud of the efforts made by our faculty and staff, parents, and students. We realize that not coming to school and interacting is difficult for everyone.

Our district, in cooperation with the St. Clair County Health Department and the Regional Office of Education, will begin transitioning to in-person instruction beginning on Thursday, September 17th. Our transition will take place over the course of five weeks. It will begin on the 17th and 18th when we welcome freshman on campus in an A/B format. The following week will be two similar days for all students in an A/B format. The following two weeks will include additional days for students in the A/B format.  At the end of a five week period, we will fully implement our original 2020-2021 Fall Plan. Please understand, we will continue to offer a fully remote option for those that elected to do so. A detailed explanation of the transition can be found in the 2020-2021 Fall Plan/Transition Plan document.

You are also receiving a “Transition Toolkit.” This document includes additional plan clarification and visuals illustrating many facets of the plan. At the back of that document you will also find a detailed calendar for the remainder of the semester.

Please understand, our school district is committed to best serving our students in an environment that is safe for students and staff. We feel that this transition allows us to do that, and provides us with the highest probability for success. We are confident in our plan for its emphasis of: social distancing, the wearing of masks, clean hands, and increased cleaning and sanitizing. We look forward to welcoming those students that are ready to return, while still offering a full remote option for those that are not.

We hope that the implementation of our transition plan will provide our families with an opportunity for in-person learning in the safest possible environment.


Dr. Brian Mentzer

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Belleville West Campus


4063 Frank Scott Parkway West
Belleville, IL 62223

Belleville West is a state of the art high school built on 126 acres south of Route 15 on Frank Scott Parkway West. The campus consists of a 360,000 sq. ft. educational facility, a football/soccer stadium *with brand new turf* encircled by an all-weather 8 lane track, athletic facilities to accommodate tennis, softball, baseball, soccer, cross country and physical education.

The educational facility contains a performing arts center, computer labs and numerous career and technology labs, in addition to classrooms that meet the educational curriculum of the district.

Along with an outstanding physical plant, Belleville West is home to a 28-acre prairie grassland and conservation area and two wetland cells. Understanding the need to promote conservation, Belleville West offers opportunities for students to participate in hands-on, real world activities in science.

The Bridges Connections Program adjacent to the main campus offers transition skills instruction for students ages 18 to 21 with developmental disabilities.

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All students average A.C.T. score:

20.4 District

Attendance Rate: 93.1%

Students going on for post-secondary training:

2-year Institutions: 33%

4-year Institutions: 47%

Military: 1.5%

Vocational Schools: 2.5%

National Merit Student Finalists &
Commended Students Average for District: 10 per year

Percentage of Students in Honors Programs: 20%

Belleville East Campus


2555 West Boulevard
Belleville, IL 62221

Belleville East is located on 62.75 acres of majestic wooded land, at the corner of West Boulevard and Carlyle Avenue. This beautiful college-like campus contains 19 instructional buildings, a football/soccer stadium *with brand new turf* encircled by an 8 lane all-weather track and additional athletic facilities to accommodate cross country, baseball, softball and tennis.

The educational facilities include a state of the art performing arts center, cafeteria, computer labs and a variety of classrooms designed to meed the educational curriculum of the district. A media center was completed at the end of the 2009 school year and provides a beautiful educational space for our students.

U.S. News & World Reports awarded Belleville East the bronze medal in its 2008 and 2009 “Best High Schools Search.”

Community Service


Big Brothers / Big Sisters
Blood Drives
Cancer Awareness
Character Education
CharacterPlus Member
Collect Food for Food Pantries
Elementary School Tutoring
Empower Me
For the Cure Events
Key Club / Interact
Military Appreciation Activities
Racial Harmony – Youth Harmony Program
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Basketball – Girls & Boys
Bowling – Girls & Boys
Football Cheerleading
Competitive Cheerleading – Girls & Boys
Cross Country – Girls & Boys
Dance Team
Golf – Girls & Boys
Soccer – Girls & Boys
Swimming – Girls & Boys
Tennis – Girls & Boys
Track & Field – Girls & Boys
Volleyball – Girls & Boys



Teachers / Counselors – East 155, West 131
Technology – 2
Aides – 71
Nurses – 4
Custodial / Maintenance – 48
Support Staff – 34
Administrators –  15
Average Years of Experience – 14.6 Years
Bachelors Degree – 35.1%
Masters and Above – 64.5%

Total Enrollment – 4,958 Students
East – 2,653
West – 2,305

Pupil : Teacher Ratio – 16.5
Pupil: Administrator Ratio – 371.9

Average Class Size – 18.6 Students

District Highlights

  • 16 Band and Chorus Offerings

  • 10 Theater Productions

  • 87 Student Clubs and Organizations

  • 26 Sports and Athletic Teams

  • OVER $8 Million in Scholarships Awarded to the Class of 2013

  • Over 900 Awards and Scholarships

  • 13 Advanced Placement Offerings

  • 20 Dual Credit Offerings

Belleville West

  • 126 Acre Campus at Route 15 and Frank Scott Parkway

  • 360,000 Square Feet

  • Excellent Athletic Facilities

  • Performing Arts Center, Computer Labs, Career and Technical Education Labs

  • 28 Acre Prairie Grassland

  • Bridges Connection Program

Belleville East

  • 63 Acre Campus at Carlyle and West Boulevard

  • 19 Instructional Buildings on a College-Like Campus

  • $38 Million Renovation: Performing Arts Center, Cafeteria, Media Center, Computer Labs, Career and Technical Education Labs

  • US News and World Report – Bronze Medal “Best High School Search”

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