Bear Facts News A Bethel Bruins Publication in Hampton, Virginia Wed, 16 Dec 2020 10:51:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Impending Inauguration Wed, 16 Dec 2020 10:47:32 +0000 The Presidential Inauguration will take place in early 2021 following the election that took place this November with Joe Biden winning over Donald Trump. Joe Biden will be sworn into office alongside his vice president Kamala Harris, Biden will be our nation’s 46th President. This Presidential Inauguration will undoubtedly be affected by COVID-19, most details on how the government plans to work with the pandemic still remain unknown. 


The Inauguration platform will be going up near the Capitol building as it did in previous inauguration ceremonies. All of Pennsylvania Avenue was repaved for the traditional parade. Senator Roy Blunt, who is the chairman of the JCCIC(Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies) says that the attendance for the parade is going to be historically low. It will go from more than a million people coming out to see the parade to less than 200,000. 


The inaugural ball which has been hosted at the Walter E. Convention Center for years has been canceled for January. It was transformed into a field hospital in preparation for a surge of coronavirus cases. The weather always has the potential to cause issues for the ceremony. As with much that has gone on this last year, there are numerous unknowns surrounding the inauguration ceremony.

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Holiday Happenings Tue, 15 Dec 2020 20:13:12 +0000 As everyone knows the Christmas holiday is approaching. As this holiday season is approaching people are doing all they can to get into the holiday spirit as much as they can. However with a global pandemic going on this has stopped many people from doing a lot of things they normally would do during this time. Many events that are usually planned are now cancelled or have been changed to make them Covid safe for everyone. Even though there’s a pandemic that does not have to stop people from having fun and celebrating this holiday and holiday season. Here are some things that can be done that are Covid safe and fun to do for the holidays!

Many people would like to go see Christmas performances to bring them that holiday spirit. This year because of Covid, Many performances will be online using Zoom.Stay safe while enjoying iconic Christmas shows from the comfort and safety of home. The costs of these performances range between 15 to 75 dollars depending on which one you would like to attend. They have different events ranging from fundraisers to help others during the holidays to “The Great Christmas Carol Escape.” There are also some free events such as a Christmas drive-in concert. Just because there’s a virus going around doesn’t mean that the holidays have to be cancelled. There are ways to experience the holiday spirit while still staying safe.


Another thing that can be done this holiday season is make DIY Hot Chocolate Bombs. Hot Chocolate Bombs are spheres of chocolate that have hot chocolate mix and marshmallows on the inside. By pouring hot milk in a cup the chocolate melts away and the marshmallows float to the top! This is something that can be done  at home with friends and family. All you need to create these are some tools and ingredients; a sphere mold, a piping bag, thermometer, a brush, hot chocolate mix, and some good quality chocolate of your choice.

Here’s how they are made: 

Step 1: Chop up the chocolate 

Step 2: Temper the chocolate

  • To temper the chocolate put the chopped chocolate in a bowl above a pot of hot but not boiling water and stir it constantly until the chocolate reaches 110°F to 115°F.

Step 3: Paint the chocolate into the molds with your paintbrush. Make sure to do two coats of chocolate. 

Step 4: Wait until the chocolate hardens and then remove the chocolate from the mold 

Step 5:  Fill the chocolate spheres with the hot chocolate mix and marshmallows.

Step 6: Seal the two pieces of chocolate pieces together

Step 7: Then they will be done! Just put the bomb in a cup and warm up some milk and pour it over to see the bomb in action!


During the holidays, a lot of families look forward to sitting in Santa’s lap and telling him what they want for Christmas. Often people would take a picture with him to remember that moment. This year, because of Covid, it has become hard to meet with Santa and maintain a six feet distance. This year Santa will do a meeting virtually to meet with kids in Hampton VA. ON Sky4 tv they will be hosting a thirty minute program that will only air four times throughout December. Also on Sky4 tv, they will be hosting a Holiday lights photo contest where you can send in your decorations for a 50 dollar gift card to Long Jewelers. The photo with the most likes will be the winner.


Christmas Performances:


DIY Hot Chocolate Balls:


Places to see Santa:


Holiday Lights Photo Contest: 

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Zooming Through Quarter One Thu, 10 Dec 2020 00:12:03 +0000 During the first nine weeks of the 2020 school year, students have had a variety of different feelings. The first quarter “zooming” was kind of easy for some, yet difficult at the same time for others. Some students have been able to keep up learning virtually, while others are starting to fall behind in their classes. Most students say they would rather be in school physically than learn virtually. When learning virtually, learners who need more hands- on help may find themselves struggling. Many students were not sure what to expect when school started, because of the way the prior year ended.

For instance, Tahjanay Brown, a sophomore, stated, “I prefer being in school because technology can’t teach us how a human being would.” Some students may agree with Tahjanay because when using technology instead of being in person, they may not learn as well. Brandon Mables, a sophomore, said, “I prefer being at home because I’m able to do the work faster and just more free time.” On the other hand students may agree with him because they also love “free time.” Yes, you can do your work faster depending on how motivated you are, but during a normal school day you are not really supposed to have “free time.” The time during school is your time to learn.

When students don’t understand either the criteria or their assignments, their grades may start to decrease overall. When one is not understanding, the best thing to do is ask for help and wait until you have an answer to submit your work. When teachers do not get back in contact within 2 business days, it is best that you send another email just so that they know that you still need help and that they never responded to the email you originally sent. Don’t forget to keep in mind that teachers are also busy people, especially when it comes to virtual learning 4 to 5 days a week. Everyone also has a life outside of school, even though it can be easy to forget.

Zoom Setup, Angelo Hunt Senior

Learning virtually has some good points, like the breaks in between classes, but students do not always learn best that way. Safety is the most obvious strong point to learning virtually. The preference of one isn’t always the best way to go for the entire student body. Some people tend to need more help than others. When a teacher needs to provide individual assistance to a student they will use a breakout room. The teacher can only talk to one person at a time. Students then have some free time on their hands which is not always good for them. Some students will use this time to finish their work, others may leave the class all together. 

Most students would rather go back to school in person instead of learn virtually. They want to have more hands on learning and to be able to get help immediately  when it is needed. Getting the school experience, especially the high school experience is what most teenagers look forward to. The clubs, activities and events are what keep some students motivated to do well in school. Without these motivations, morale is low for some students, but students have to remember to keep looking forward and “zooming” through this crazy year. 


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On the Path to College Tue, 08 Dec 2020 15:38:56 +0000 What in the “Covid-19” is going on in 2020! The Covid pandemic has been overwhelming for students not just in America but all over the world. This year is not only hard on the students but it has also affected adults, family, and friends. Some people during this Covid season lost family members and friends due to the virus. According to statistics from John Hopkins University School of Medicine, “there has been a total of 224,889 deaths in the United States so far due to Covid-19.” The class of 2019 was not able to have a prom or have a graduation ceremony. A lot of seniors found themselves disappointed, because they spent all those years in school, put in a lot of hard work, and did not have the graduation year they imagined. A lot of the seniors were probably even a little angry because they worked incredibly hard and now they can not get the proper validation that they deserve. Luckily a majority of those seniors have ultimately gone on to college and have been able to create new memories and look forward to a later more tradition graduation at the culmination of their time in college.

How would you feel if you could get into college without taking the ACT and SAT? Some would be so excited and eager to know that you don’t need this to get into some schools. “I’m glad I don’t have to take the ACT or SAT again, I still would’ve enjoyed the opportunity to retake again” says Ajaya Barnhardt, Senior.

I’m glad I don’t have to take the ACT or SAT again, I still would’ve enjoyed the opportunity to retake again.”

— Ajaya Barnhardt, Senior

Following this statement Natasia Holland, Senior said “No I have not taken my ACT and SAT yet, I feel more relaxed since it’s not required for the colleges.” Following this statement, Natasia Holland, Senior said,  “I have not taken my ACT and SAT yet, I feel more relaxed since it’s not required for the colleges. It was very stressful when it was required.” It is now possible for rising high school seniors to apply without a score to more than half of the Ivy League colleges; to most top-ranked liberal arts colleges, and to all public colleges according the Washington Post. Examples of colleges that are forgoing the ACT and SAT are Ivy League Schools are those such as Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania. Both of these colleges do not require students to take the SAT tests for admission. In a recent message to potential applicants, Princeton’s dean of admission, Karen Richardson said, “while our policy has long been that SAT subject tests are recommended but not required, now seems the appropriate time to reiterate that applicants who do not submit subject tests will not be disadvantaged in our process.” She added, “SAT or ACT test scores are only one part of our holistic review’ from the New York Times. A growing number of U.S. colleges that are dropping the ACT and SAT due to Covid-19 are Northern Illinois University, Reed College, Loyola University, and University of California including Berkley.” 

2020 has been an unprecedented year for students at all grade levels, but particularly those in their final years. The positives that have come to light are that rising seniors becoming college students having new things to look forward to like homecomings, graduation, a good freshman year of college. As well as the advantage of not having to take the SAT and ACT to get into certain colleges. The downside is many students are having to do school online, are unable to experience the college lifestyle such as, going to homecoming and college games. Not starting off your typical year with excitement and goals can be a challenge but Bethel students have proven to be resilient and show they can bounce back from anything!



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The Outbreak of the Corona Virus Tue, 08 Dec 2020 15:38:56 +0000 The Corona Virus outbreak started in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China but has begun to rapidly spread to different countries. The virus is linked to a number of seafood and animal markets suggesting that the illness is an animal-to-person spread. The virus is mainly confined in China but the virus has reached as far as Australia, France, Germany, Finland, the UK, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, and the US. Altogether so there have been 170 fatalities. The Chinese government has put Wuhan under quarantine and any other place in China that has been detected of having the illness. The virus reached the US when a traveler had come back from visiting Wuhan on January 15, 2020. The man is now being isolated at a medical center. They are trying to keep the virus contained.   

The heath teachers and nurses at Bethel gave advice on what type of precautions we all should take to prevent from catching the Corona virus. You would have to do the same as you would if you had the flu or a cold. Make sure to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, when you cough do it into your arm. Make sure that when you’re traveling take extra precautions because you don’t know if there could be something going around. Everyone needs to watch out for cold or flu-like symptoms. “For ex.  traveling to china to contain the virus.” said Nurse May, one of the teachers who is in the governer’s health and science academy. “Our government needs to protect us more”, said kelsey cox, a student to  the health academy

There is a vaccine being made and could be tested as soon as April. The vaccination will be tested in animals and will go through early-stage trials with people. Unfortunately, the virus may have spread too far to contain regular public health measures. Over 1,000 people have received different versions of the mRNA vaccines.

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Renovations Around Bethel Thu, 19 Nov 2020 16:01:47 +0000 The construction around Bethel High was started back in the early part of the school year in 2019. It was at this time that workers started to come in and take measurements around the cafeteria for renovations that would be taking place later that year. The idea to start renovations came from a man named Dr. Bouldin who works in the central office, he’s the one who proposed the contracts. All of Hampton high schools have had renovations or are currently being renovated. 

During an interview of Mr. Hopson, Bethel assistant principal reflected on the renovations and exclaimed that, “It’s amazing.”

One of the first renovations they started on was the cafeteria. They started coming in and measuring around the cafeteria in the early school year of 2019. Later, in early 2020, they came in and actually started removing all of the old raggedy lunch tables, they were replaced with brand new low and high top leveled lunch tables. The new tables that were added also were marked with the Bethel Bruins logo. 

The next renovation to be done was in the back gym. It was completely gutted out, the ripped up all of the floors, and replaced it with brand new flooring half of which is for a basketball court, and the other half is for the weight lifting part where they put the Bethel Bruins logo on it. They also tossed all of the old equipment and replaced it with brand new weights and a greater variety of equipment.

One of the last changes made to the building was in Mrs. May’s room, it was made into a courtroom. Like the others it was all stripped down and the walls were replaced and the furniture was replaced with the likes of courtroom furniture. Since Mrs. May’s room#430 was made into a courtroom she had to have her room moved to Mrs. Rice’s formal room #107. As per usual with these renovations the room was gutted out completely. It was repainted, the floor was ripped up and replaced, they practically rebuilt Mrs. May’s old room but upgraded some things. They added medical bays and brand new amazing high quality promethean boards.

The last renovation made to Bethel High was to the senior room. It was completely repainted, they added new paneling which makes it look like a college lunchroom. They also added new tables that are set at different heights for people’s comfort/preference.

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To Sir With Love: BHS Teacher of the Year Mon, 17 Feb 2020 16:01:37 +0000 Valentine’s Day marked the official announcement for Bethel High School’s favored 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year. Administration and supporting staff made their way with balloons, flowers and congratulations to the classroom of social studies teacher Erik Wilson to share the good news. “It was truly a humbling experience, but it’s the students that motivate me to do what I do each day,” said Wilson.

Mr. Wilson started teaching with HCS in 2006, yet his teaching career spans over 20 years. Wilson transferred to Bethel from Hampton High in 2018. At BHS, Wilson is known as an easygoing, astute and engaging educator that embodies the spirit of education, particularly in the 21st Century.  10th grader Janiyah Johnston said that Wilson makes learning more relatable and fun for students. Janiyah also stated that Mr. Wilson deserves to be teacher of the year, but feels students should be involved in the voting process. “Students are the ones who are impacted by teachers, so we should be able to choose the teacher of the year.”

Success 101 teacher Sherry Murphy served on the voting committee and explained that the selection process is anonymous. According to Murphy, the candidates are rated on a likert  scale by each voting member. Murphy who happens to be the BHS Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020 as well as Hampton City Schools’ Teacher of the Year stressed that all of the nominees were worthy of the title and the decision was challenging.  

The HCS Teacher of the Year award will be announced at the annual banquet on March 26th.


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2019-2020 Swim Team Tue, 04 Feb 2020 17:47:42 +0000
Swim Team
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2019-2020 Wrestling Team Tue, 04 Feb 2020 17:46:59 +0000
Wrestling Team
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2019-2020 Varsity Girls Basketball Tue, 04 Feb 2020 17:42:28 +0000
Varsity Girls Basketball
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