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 ptso@wearehillsboro.com 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.

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

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

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.

The Hillsboro Players Present Guys and Dolls

This year’s spring musical is the Broadway classic Guys and Dolls. Featuring well-known songs such as “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Luck be a Lady,” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” this production of what many consider to be the perfect musical comedy is sure to leave you toe tappin’ and knee slappin’ from beginning to end.

Guys and Dolls begins a five-night run TONIGHT, March 9, in the auditorium. Tickets are $15 for premium seating, $12 for general admission, and $8 for students (with valid ID). Purchase tickets in advance HERE (additional processing fee will be assessed at checkout). Tickets are also available at the door. All performances begin at 7PM.

Construction and Design Update

Last Wednesday, February 15, architect Anna Roberts-Tettleton presented an update on planning for the upcoming campus reconstruction project.

The latest site plan (see above) is substantially the same as earlier versions. There have been some modifications to parking and traffic flow in the front resulting from the decision to relocate the main office to an addition on the southwest corner of the gym and to eliminate all but one curb cut along Hillsboro Road.

This rendering shows the new main office/admin area on the front side of the existing gym. The four-story addition is visible at the rear. The historic elevation along Hillsboro Road will be restored with all-new energy-efficient windows.

Here you can see how the four-story addition connects with the original building, on the left, and the parking deck/practice field, on the right. Burro Boulevard, the road running through the middle of campus, will be blocked to through traffic during the school day.

Construction is still expected to begin this summer, with students remaining in areas not under construction throughout (no portables!). Although the entire project is expected to take 32 months to complete, some phases, including the four-story addition, should be ready during the 2018-19 school year.

Click here to download the complete presentation.

Construction Update Community Meeting

On February 15, 2017, school board member Mary Pierce and Metro council member Russ Pulley will host a meeting to update cluster families and the community on the status of Hillsboro’s $80 million campus reconstruction project. Representatives from the Metro Schools Facilities Planning and Construction team and the project architects will be on hand to detail the plans and answer questions. The meeting will take place at 6:00PM in the school library.