New Traffic Patterns and Student Parking Effective February 5

Beginning Monday, February 5, 2018, student parking and drop-off/pickup locations will be changing due to increased construction activity on campus.

The student parking lot off Glen Echo will be CLOSED. Students can park in one of two new temporary lots:

  • In front of the school on the west side of campus (enter from Hillsboro Road, just past Donut Den)
  • On the side south of campus, near the relocated Enrollment Center portable (enter from Richard Jones Road)

The area between the cafeteria and the Global Annex has been designated staff parking only. No students are to park in this area.

For morning drop-off and afternoon pickup, parents must enter campus from Glen Echo and exit on Richard Jones Road, using a new temporary road that runs between the Global Annex and the stadium and around the tennis courts.

Between 7:05 and 1:30, the Glen Echo entrance will be CLOSED. Visitors and students being dropped off during these hours should use the old car rider drop-off/pickup lane/parking lot on the south side of campus.

Buses will continue to drop off and pick up from their traditional location in the circle in front of the school.

Click here to view a map showing the new traffic patterns and parking locations.

January 2018 Construction Update

You’ve probably noticed the construction fencing that went up a few weeks ago all around the exterior of the building.

Inside, workers have begun demoing portions of the main building and global annex that will be torn down.

For the very latest project updates, join us at the January PTSO meeting, which has been rescheduled for Thursday the 25th at 6PM in the library; David Profitt from the MNPS construction office will be our guest.

Personal Project Exhibition

The culminating activity of the IB Middle Years Programme is the Personal Project. Completed during sophomore year, the Personal Project encourages each student to produce a personal and creative work by exploring a topic of their own choosing over an extended period of time. In addition to creating a product or outcome, students are expected to document the entire process from beginning to end and produce a final report.

Approximately half of our 10th-grade students participated in the fall semester Personal Project Exhibition on Friday, December 1. (The rest will have their turn next semester.) Springing as they do from students’ interests and passions, the topics and ideas on display were impressively wide ranging. Several participants shared their projects with a crew from the HHS AV Department; check them out in the video below.

October 2017 Construction Update

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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.