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October 2017 Construction Update October 26, 2017

You still have to know where to look on campus to see evidence of construction progress, but that will soon change. For the last few weeks, crews have been working on asbestos abatement in parts of the building that will be torn down. Once that process is complete, demolition can begin.

As you may have heard, the projected cost of the project now exceeds the $89 million that has been allocated for it. At last week’s PTSO meeting, MNPS construction director David Proffitt, school board member Mary Pierce, and Metro council member Russ Pulley updated the community on the situation and discussed some possible ways to address the funding gap. Meanwhile, the project remains on schedule, according to MNPS officials, and work can continue while the district and city work through the financial issues.

Groundbreaking August 28, 2017
A golden shovel ceremony on Wednesday, August 23, heralded the transition from the design and planning stages of Hillsboro’s $89 million campus rebuilding project to the construction phase. Speakers included Mayor Megan Barry, Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph, School Board Representative Mary Pierce, Council Member Russ Pulley, and Dr. Pelham. Hillsboro sophomore Linh Pham offered a student perspective, and the marching band entertained the crowd gathered on the front lawn. Among those in attendance were U.S. Representative Jim Cooper and four former Hillsboro principals.

More coverage from the MNPS Children First blog below.

Some Beginning-of-the-Year Housekeeping Announcements from Dr. Pelham August 10, 2017

1. Student ID badges will be distributed during lunch TODAY (Thursday, August 10). Students must sign for their badge. These serve as the MTA bus passes. Replacement cards are $15

2. Schedule change request forms are now available in the academy offices. Schedules are only changed if a student needs the class change to meet graduation requirements, if the student already had a credit in the course, or if there is a mistake. Classes are not changed based on preference of teacher, classmates, or period. This form must be signed by the student’s parent/guardian. The deadline to submit this form is Friday, August 18, 2017.

3. Hillsboro is the first school in MNPS to have a student with a service dog. We welcome and support this opportunity and want to be sure that it is a successful and safe venture for all. We will be sending home letters with every child who is in classes with the service dog to better communicate how we can do this. The most important thing to remember is that, even though the dog is very cute, he is not a pet and we should not try to interact with him; this makes it more difficult for him to do his job. For more information about ADA requirements for service animals, click here.

4. Burro Bash, our annual “welcome back” family picnic, is this Sunday, August 13, from 4 to 6:30 PM on the front lawn. The next night (Monday, August 14) will be our Meet the Teachers Open House; after a brief presentation in the auditorium at 6:00, parents will experience a shortened version of their student’s class schedule. Please try to attend BOTH of these fun and informative back-to-school events.

Burro Beginnings Presentation July 24, 2017

Thanks to the many students and parents who attended Burro Beginnings this morning. We are so glad you will be attending Hillsboro this year! For those who could not attend today’s orientation or who would like to review the information presented, we have embedded Dr. Pelham’s and Mr. Arteberry’s slides below.

If you and/or your student hasn’t yet toured the school, there’s still time! Email to make arrangements.

Outstanding IB Results for Class of 2017 July 10, 2017

The International Baccalaureate Organization has awarded 32 diplomas to Hillsboro High School graduates from the class of 2017. This is a 25 percent improvement from last year and represents the continuation of a consistent and steady increase seen at Hillsboro over the past three years. In order to achieve the full diploma, students must earn an average score of 4 (on a scale of 1 to 7) on the assessments that they take in the six subject areas of English, World Language, Mathematics, Science, History, and the Arts. Also, they complete a cross-curricular philosophy course called Theory of Knowledge, write a 4,000-word essay on the topic of their choice, and submit a portfolio of what they’ve learned through completing 18 months of self-selected experiences in the Creativity, Activity, and Service component.

In addition to the students who earned the diploma, 29 students completed the requirements for the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Certificate Programme, representing a 17% improvement over last year. Outside of the students who earned the IB Diploma and Certificate, a total of 132 certificates were issued in individual subject levels, a 9% increase from 2015–16.

Two students earned a very difficult score of 7 on two assessments: Joe Henry, History of the Americas, and Jacob Parks, Business Management. Their names, along with the names of the students who earned the diploma, will be displayed on plaques on the Hillsboro Honor Wall.

Congratulations to the International Baccalaureate Diploma recipients of the 2016–2017 school year!

Shems Eddine Belhout
Natalie Clickner
Clayton Coldren
Dorothy Dark
Katherine Diaz
Reina Doll-Coffey
Taylor Duncan
Grace Duren
Emily Earls
Mollie Embody
Isabella Ford
Finn Gallagher
Emily Heard
Joe Henry
Chris Husin
Seoyoung Hwang
Lauren Jolly
Mia Kleine
Skaylin Linares
Madison Lyons-Sabados
Alexandra McKenna
Kyra Moore
Lilly Moore
Onajite Owolo
Chase Quirk
Brandon Ramsey
Addyson Rowe
Heaven Russell
Lena Schelzig
Lucas Sharpe
Isaac Stovall
Thomas Wagner

Congratulations to the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Certificate recipients for 2016–2107!

Yahya Ali
Nathan Beier
Arly Benitez
Benjamin Bowman
Casey Brown
Shatazha Campbell
Emi Claassen
Isabella Davis
Michael Garcia
Ariel Garrison
Dorie Harrison
Conner High
Alice Irizarry
Michelle Leon Salazar
Rowan Lockabey
Savannah Martinez
Colin Murdock
Spencer Northcutt
Jacob Parks
Kajol Patel
David Priester
Emile Russ
Elijah Spain
Gabrielle Turney
Gjenan Ukaj
Maxwell Van Sickle
Terrianna Waters
Finley Willocks
Olivia Zavitson

Summer Reading & Additional IB/AP Assignments May 30, 2017

Ms. Claassen has compiled a handy resource containing summer reading assignments for 2017-18 English classes as well as assignments to be completed over the summer for other AP and IB classes. Click below to find out what you need to do to be ready when school starts on August 7.

Band Director Meet & Greet May 7, 2017

Hillsboro’s next band director will be introduced on Tuesday, May 16, at 6 PM in the library. Current band members and rising freshmen who are interested in participating in band next year are encouraged to attend. Pizza will be served; please RSVP here to ensure that there’s enough to feed everyone.

Hillsboro Players Close Out Season with Follies—Two Nights Only! April 21, 2017

Hillsboro Follies is an original, student-written sketch comedy show (think: Saturday Night Live) that lovingly pokes fun at the people, rituals, and culture of Hillsboro. Performances are at 7 PM on Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29. Admission is $5.

Prior to the Friday night performance, there will be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser in the cafeteria. Click here for details.

Here’s What You Need to Know About the Upcoming End-of-Course Assessments April 5, 2017

Hillsboro will be conducting mandatory state testing during the third and fourth weeks of April. These end-of-course (EOC) tests are intended to measure academic growth in a particular content area and will count for 10% of the final grade for the semester for each class.

This year’s testing schedule is as follows:

Monday, 4/17: US History (Part 1), English I (Part 1), English II (Part 1)
Tuesday, 4/18: English I (Parts 2,3,4), English II (Parts 2, 3, 4)
Wednesday, 4/19: ACT (all 11th graders), Biology
Thursday, 4/20: Chemistry
Friday, 4/21: English III (Part 1)
Monday, 4/24: Integrated Math 1 (Parts 1, 2, 3)
Tuesday, 4/25: Integrated Math 2 (Parts 1, 2, 3), English III (Parts 2, 3, 4)
Wednesday, 4/26: Algebra II (Parts 1, 2, 3)
Thursday, 4/27: US History (Parts 2 and 3)
Friday, 4/28: General makeup day

IB and AP exams will be administered in May.

Students taking EOC tests need to be aware of the state’s policies and expectations around the testing environment, student behavior, and access to electronic devices. These are outlined in the letter from Dr. Pelham linked below.


Meet & Greet for Parents of Rising Ninth Graders March 15, 2017

Attention, parents of rising freshmen: You are invited to a get-to-know-you coffee at the home of Mary Frances Rudy, 2613 Belmont Boulevard, on Wednesday, April 5, from 8:00 to 10 a.m. Drop in whenever it is convenient for you. Current Burro parents will answer your questions and tell you about the many ways your children can maximize their academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities at Hillsboro. See the flyer for more information; click here to RSVP.