From Your Principal
Hello Boise High Students and Families:
Welcome to 3rd Quarter 2020
We look forward to
sharing a lot of information each quarter. We will do our best to highlight athletics, activities, concerts, and student recognition throughout the year.
We want to make sure everyone is informed of
all that Boise High students enjoy.
Hello Boise High Parents, Guardians, Students and Faculty:
I hope you are all well and enjoying the weather. It is
hard to believe that we are nearing the end (March 13) of
the 3rd quarter of the 2019-2020 school year. As we
approach the final grading period, we begin planning for
next year. Our Open House for incoming sophomores was
held on on January 23rd, with excellent participation from
prospective students and their parents. It looks like most
of the 554 future Brave took advantage of the opportunity
to learn a little more about Boise High. Most of our seniors
are well on their way to completing the last of their college
applications, making gap year plans, or putting together a
plan for life and learning after graduation from Boise High
School. Counselors have visited classrooms to assist
current sophomores and juniors with registration for
classes next school year.
The winter athletics season has wrapped up with
great results for all teams. You can read all about our
winter athletes in the sports section of this newsletter from
our coaches. We are quite proud of the excellent
sportsmanship and competitive spirit with which all of our
student athletes and coaches have conducted themselves.
Congratulations to all who have participated, cheered, and
enjoyed the winter athletics season. Spring Sports are
underway with games and meets begining shortly.
Spring Break is right around the corner (March 23-27),
and we are already in the midst of performing arts
productions, including Emma - A Pop Musical, with
performances from several choir and theatre members on
March 11th-14th in the Boise High Auditorium.
"We are a part of a
community that fosters
the distinctive attributes
that come with being a
high school student.
Additionally, among the
personalities at Boise
High, we all share
that encompass who we
are as a student body.
We are all students. We
are friends. We are
individuals. We are not
the same in every aspect
that represents what it
means to be BRAVE, but
each of our respective
traits are what make us
who we are. We are
athletes. We are
musicians. We are
leaders. Some of these
things will never change,
no matter who we
become or where life
takes us. We are
committed to excellence.
We are Boise. We are
Brave. And we couldn't
be prouder. "
~BH Yearbook Committee 2018/2019
" this is a quote
in your sidebar"
The month of April will be a busy time for our sophomores, who will be taking the
ISAT 2 in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Additionally, all students in grade
10 will be taking STAR Reading Assessment for the final time. As a reminder, we have two
Academic SMART Goals for the 2019-2020 school year; SMART Goals that are specific,
measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. We utilize these goals, in conjunction with
academic performance data, to work toward improvement in specific academic areas.
This year we have a Literacy goal of improving the percentage of students in grade 10
meeting or exceeding benchmark by 5% from fall to spring (April 2020) as measured by
the STAR Reading Screener; the second goal is to increase, by 5%, the 11th grade cohort
meeting the 480 cut score (college preparedness) in English, Reading and Writing on the
SAT (April 4, 2020). The spirit behind these two goals is to accurately measure and
improve literacy for all students. Literacy, as we all know, is the essential foundation
of education and the ability to be a lifelong learner. Also in April, our juniors will be taking
the school day SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) on Tuesday, April 14, and our seniors will be
submitting and presenting their Senior Projects on that same date. We appreciate your
support of these goals and encouraging your student to do their best academically at
Boise High School and to give their full and serious attention to these assessments. We
will send out specific information as we develop the schedules.
Another big event coming to Boise High is the "We Are Brave Summit." The date for
the Summit is Wednesday, March 18th. This will be a regular, full day of school and
attendance will be counted. The Summit is a student and teacher planned, student led
project based learning opportunity for all students and staff members. Our students
have been working diligently to put together informative and engaging lessons with a fun
and learning filled day for all. We are extremely proud of the work our students,
particularly the AVID 11 class, have done with this project based learning experience. On Friday, April 24th we will have our annual "Heart of the Brave Assembly." The
Heart of the Brave Award celebrates the positive charateristics displayed by Boise High
students on a daily basis in regards to adademics, music, the arts, activities, athletics and
community contributions, recognizing those students who live and lead by example, be it
quiet or vocal. Some of the characteristics these students display are balance, resilience,
acceptance, valor, engagement, integrity, excellence, dedication, respect, dignity,
responsibility, honesty, teamwork, courage, kindness, compassion, persevereance, and
empowerment - to name a few. More information regarding the specifics of the Heart of
the Brave Assembly will follow in the coming weeks. Thank you for your continued
support of Boise High School and for making every day a great day to be the Brave!
From left to right: Principal-Robb Thompson, Vice Principal-Kelly Fossceco,
Vice Principal- Andy Horning, Vice Principal-Dan McGee,
Athletic Director-Brian Barber, Asst Athletic Director-Shelly Heath,
Robb Thompson 208-854-4270 firstname.lastname@example.org
ASSISTANT VICE PRINCIPALS
Kelly Fossceco (A-G) 208-854-4280 email@example.com
Andy Horning (H-O) 208-854-4281 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan McGee (P-Z) 208-854-4265
Brian Barber 208-854-4329 email@example.com
ASSISTANT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
Shelly Heath 208-854-4319 firstname.lastname@example.org
SRO - BOISE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Brad Vickhammer 208-854-4275 email@example.com
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Item drop offs for students, Permission To Leave (PTL),
Absences, Class Check-Ins, Dance Passes,
College Visitation Forms, Independent Study Forms
(Amber Rivera-Attendance Admin Asst)
Registration for School, Class Schedule Placement, VOC's,
Counselor Appointments, Sub Arrangement
(Kathy Leasure - Counselor Admin Asst)
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Visitor Check-Ins, and General School Questions
(Tina Wayman-Principal Admin Asst)
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Transcripts from current year, Graduation Cap/Gown Information,
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Dear Boise School District Parent/Guardian & Staff Member:
When it comes to the novel coronavirus, we want to reassure you that the Boise
School District has a plan in place to keep our students and staff as safe as possible. We are working proactively and following the recommendations and guidelines of Central District Health (CDH). In the event of a local outbreak, we will follow our Communicable Diseases Policies: #3430 and #3431 ,as well as the District's pandemic illness plan.
According to CDH, there have been no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Idaho. To keep you informed, CDH has established a novel coronavirus website with resources including information for students, families, staff and members of the general public to prevent a respiratory infection. Should there be a case in our schools, we will work with CDH to notify parents and staff within the school. In the event of extended absences and/or school closures, information about the ability to continue education will be provided.
Thank you for your continued support in keeping our students and staff safe. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
Boise School District Administration
From the Attendance Office:
Please request a PTL at least an hour in advance of the time that a student
needs to leave. This allows us time to locate the student and provide a pass.
PTL's are REQUIRED for all students leaving campus unless they leave during
the lunch hour. Students who leave without a pass risk receiving a truancy.
Students who are more than 20 minutes late will be marked absent instead of
tardy. The attendance office recognizes buses that are late due to weather or
bus issues and will excuse those tardies. However, students should ALWAYS
check into the Attendance Office when arriving late to class.
If your bus is late to school at any time including, weather or bus issues,
please check in with Mrs. Rivera at the Attendance Office for a late bus pass
to prevent a first period tardy.
Please allow 48 hours for the Attendance to be updated after a doctor's note
has been received. Many times, Doctor's offices will fax notes for that day at
the end of day and will not be processed until the next day.
Reaching Attendance by Phone
Please leave a voicemail if you are not able to directly talk to Mrs. Rivera or
Mrs. Farrell. We have over 1,500 students and only 2 phone lines. Voicemail is
checked every 5 minutes and attendance requests are updated as soon as
If your student has had the flu or vomitting, please keep your student home
for 24 hours. Coming in for one or two periods risks getting the whole class
and teachers sick.
Who Takes It
April 27th & 28th
April 29th & 30th
2nd SEMESTER EOC BELL SCHEDULE (Sophomores/Juniors)
Tuesday, May 19th
0 Period (TEST)
7:45 - 9:15 (90 min)
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
5th Period (TEST)
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
2nd Period (TEST)
10:55 AM - 12:25 PM
11:05 - 11:35 (30 min)
11:35 - 12:15 (40 min)
12:20 - 12:50 (30 min)
12:55 - 1:25 (30 min)
1:30 - 1:59 (29 min)
2:04 - 2:33 (29 min)
2:38 - 3:07 (29 min)
Thursday, May 21st
Friday, May 22nd
3rd Period (Test)
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
6th Period (TEST)
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM
7th Period (TEST)
Wednesday, May 20th 18th
1st Period (TEST)
2ND SEMESTER FINAL/EOC SCHEDULE (Seniors)
Tuesday, May 12th
7th Period EOC
Wednesday, May 13th
5th & 6th Period EOC
Thursday, May 14th
3rd & 4th Period EOC
Friday, May 15th
1st & 2nd Period EOC
Seniors last day, seniors all classes through EOC
Full Regular Day
7th Period - Required Senior Assembly
Seniors attend all classes through EOC
DTECH Student Schedule week of May 18th.
All DTECH students are required to attend as follows:
Monday, May 18th: All Students attend DTECH as normal because EOC's are not administered on Monday.
Tuesday, May 19th: No Students attend DTECH because we don't have class during 0 or 5th periods at DTECH and all students are taking their 0 and 5th period EOC's at their home high schools.
Wednesday, May 20th: 1st Block Students attend DTECH from 9:00-Noon. This gives students time to get back to their home school before dismissal at 12:25.
Thursday, May 21st: 2nd Block Students attend DTECH from 9:00-Noon
Friday, May 22nd: 3rd Block Students attend DTECH from 9:00-Noon
Monday, May 11
AP Environmental Science
Tuesday, May 12
AP Spanish Language & Culture
Wednesday, May 13
AP English Language & Composition
AP Music Theory
Thursday, May 14
AP Comparative Government & Politics
AP World History: Modern
Friday, May 15
AP Computer Science Principles
AP French Language & Culture
Monday, May 4
AP United States Government and Politics
AP Physics C: Mechanics
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Tuesday, May 5
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP German Language & Culture
Wednesday, May 6
AP English Literature & Composition
AP European History
Thursday, May 7
AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Friday, May 8
AP United States History
AP Art History
AP Computer Science A
Here is the link to the 2020 AP Exam Schedule
May 4 - 8
Drawing AP Art & Design (2-D and Design, 3-D Art & Design, and Drawing):
May 8, 8:00 p.m. ET is the last day for your school to submit digital portfolios and to gather
2-D Art & Design and Drawing students for the physical portfolio assembly. Students should
have forwarded their completed digital portfolios to their teachers well before this date.
May 11 - 15
College & Career Counselor,
Managing School Stress
1) As you all select your courses for next year, be mindful and work
towards finding a good balance.
2) Look for signs of school related stress.
3) Boost your time management skills.
4) Consider whether you might be overscheduled.
5) Prioritize sleep.
6) Participate in healthy activities that you enjoy and have fun!
Boise Evening School: https://www.boiseschools.org/parents/boise_evening_school
The last session of evening school starts March 2nd. Please talk with your counselor
to get registered.
School wide SAT exam will be given to all juniors on April 14th. Please check your
College Board https://www.collegeboard.org/and Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/accounts for study tips.
Check out the SCOIR parent app (in the App Store on Google Play) to connect with your
student for college search and admissions info.
With heavy hearts, the counselors would like to provide some information regarding
suicide and suicide prevention. Please know that we are meeting with students who
have been impacted by our recent loss and will continue to support them and you in any
way we can. If you are concerned about your child or one of their friends, please reach
out to one of us.
Some helpful information is included in these linkes:
From the American Psychological Association:
Suicide is a difficult topic, but it's too important to ignore. Suicide is the second leading
cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24. Despite a common belief that only teens
and adults die by suicide, younger children can also be at risk. Depression and suicide
often coincide. Yet not everyone who is depressed attempts suicide - and not everyone
who attempts suicide is depressed. If you're a parent, a teacher, or anyone who spends
time with children and teens, it's important to learn the warning signs. These tools can help
you prevent youth suicide. See full article from the American Psychological Association:
"Talking to Teens Suicide Prevention"
Psychology Today "Speaking to Your Teen About Suicide"
Church of the Resurrection "Family Discussion Guide"
Healthy Children.org "10 Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Suicide"
Support for Youth, Suicide Prevention LIFELINE "Youth...How to Take Care of Yourself"
You can ask your teen to add this to their contact list:
If you or somone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at
1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text HELLO to 741741 (the Crisis Text Line)
Handling Holiday Stress
Classes for 4th Quarter are full.
Summer applications will be available April 15th. Classes will be held at
Fairmont Jr High.
We will have 2 summer sessions:
May 27th - June 24th
June 25th - July 24th
SUMMIT info for PARENTS:
Hello Boise High School Families, we are a few weeks away from
our 5th annual Summit. This year's Summit will be held on
Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.
The Summit is an annual, conference-style, project-based
learning experience put together by and for the students of Boise High.
This year's theme is "We Are Brave" and will focus on ways
students perceive being brave. Our students-teaching-students model
highlights our impassioned, informed students, and continues a culture of
engaged activism and Project-based learning at Boise High. If you'd like
more information or to see highlights from our past Summits, visit
Boise High Summit Homepage at:
Some students have already auditioned to be one of many acts in our
Summit Talent Show. The show will be in the afternoon on the 18th.
More students can be involved in two more important ways:
1) Host a presentation. Presentations are 20 minutes long and
students will present between 4-5 times throughout the day.
2) Host a workshop. Workshops are 45 minutes long and are
hands-on or interactive.
Save the date:
Saturday, April 25th
More info to come
New ASB Items!!
Embroidered Boise High Sweatshirts for $45
New Digital Printed
Boise High Tshirt for $20
From Left to Right: Trucker Hats $20, Knit Hats $20, Fleece-Lined Knit Hats $25
Call Becky Fordham at (208)-854-4291 if you have questions.
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of our wonderful parents, families,
and friends who support our
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From Coach Kim Brydges:
The girls basketball program recently wrapped up a strong winter season with much to celebrate. The Sophomore squad, coached by Head Coach Ashley Holt (Assisted by Teena Hensley and Chris Siegenthaler), rode an impressive, undefeated 20-0 record into the
District tournament. They came up just a little short in the championship game but finished with an incredible 22-1 record. Way to go, ladies! Our Junior Varsity battled through considerable sickness and injuries but continued to fight all season long finishing 5th in conference play. Our Varsity program endured an array of injuries that had players in/out of the line up all season long. Impressively, they still went on to finish their season at 17-9 overall and won the Consolation Championship at State with a 54-44 victory over Post Falls. Finally, perhaps more important than basketball, the combined girls basketball program shattered all previous records for money raised during its 12th Annual Pink Zone game. Pink Zone raises funds and awareness for breast cancer research and the program works hard to sell raffle tickets and t-shirts in order to raise money for the Boise chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This year's event raised $4,795 (last year was $3655) for this important cause, and the 12-year grand total of money raised by the Boise High Girls Basketball Program for Komen is now $26,127. In closing, a HUGE shout out to our five awesome seniors (Allie Guerricabeitia, Breana Hallam, Peyton McFarland, Hope Shimatsu, and Madison Williams) for their continued commitment to the girls basketball program, and another HUGE thank you to our wonderful parent/fan group that rooted us on all season. THANK YOU & GO BRAVE!
From Coach Manny Varela:
The boys basketball program has concluded until next season. All of the teams grew as people and as athletes. Our sophomore team was young and gained a tremendous amount of experience. Their last game during the district tournament was against the number 1 seed Rocky Mountain Grizzlies. They were undefeated on the season and had to battle tremendously to take down our hard working Brave players. We are excited about their
future! Our Junior Varsity battled throughout the season. They were a bit undersized but you could not tell because of how hard they worked. Their last game was lost in overtime to Eagle but it was a hard fought game and the Brave had their opportunities to win, which is all they were hoping for. Coach Twiss did a great job with this group of athletes. Our Varsity program has grown as people and athletes. We came into the season with only four athletes that had Varsity experience. When Max Woodall went down in early January, it meant that others had to step up and gain experience. This ended up being very beneficial for our program as players really grew in their roles. In closing, a big shout out to our 6 seniors (Joe Faraca, Philip Gisler, Vince McFarland, Remy Robin, Amurani Shani, and Max Woodall) for their continued commitment to the game and dedication to improving. They have positively altered the direction of the basketball program. Also deserving a should out are our underclassmen (Cory Cadwell, Jack Payne, Caine Smith, Zach Owen, Cooper Howell, and Whitt Miller) for all of their combined efforts to improve as people and athletes. We are excited about the future of Brave Basketball. Go Brave!
From Coach Amber McKendrick:
The Brave Sensation Dance Team is in full swing of their season. They recently competed at Districts this Saturday, February 29th. Our 18 talented dancers have their annual Spring Show coming up on April 22nd in the New Gym. Tryouts for our 2020-2021 season will be in April. The dates will be posted on our website shortly. We have had a wonderful time supporting our athletic teams this year and competing against other 5A schools in the area. Thanks for all the support Boise High! For questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Coach Brittany Zeigler:
Cheer has been very busy these winter months cheering on our boys and girls basketball
teams.Cheer will be holding their Tryouts on April 28th and 29th in the tech gym. Look for
more information regarding these dates or email Coach Brittany at
email@example.com for more information. Thanks for all the support this
season Boise High!
From Coach Rhinard
The Boise Brave wrestling team had another great season with the State Championship at Ford Idaho Center in Nampa on February 28th & 29th. 7 Brave wrestlers qualified to compete as one of the 16 best in the state in their respective weight classes. Final Brave results will be posted in the "Brave Weekly."
Overall, it was a transition year for everyone with having a newly opened wrestling room, 3 new coaches, and the addition of the Girls Wrestling Team. Girls wrestling is the fastest growing high school sport in the country and Idaho will soon offer Girls Wrestling as a separate high school sport, like all of our surrounding states have done.
Sickness and injury created some adversity for the team this year. However, strength and a winning attitude can overcome adversity as the Brave put an athlete on the podium at every single tournament. The Brave competed at the prestigious Rollie Lane Invitational, the Wiley Dobbs in Twin Falls, the Tiger-Grizz in Idaho Falls, the Red Halverson at Minico, and the RD Brown at New Plymouth. The dual-meet schedule proved tough for the Brave this year with several weights being filled by younger, less experienced wrestlers. With just 4 home duals, attendance and support for Boise Wrestling is on the rise! Every match saw more and more fans in the stand. We are proud of our new facilities, the growth and development of the students athletes, and all of the people who support our wrestlers.
WE ARE...BOISE BRAVE!
"This unputdownable story has everything--a well-imagined post-apocalyptic world, great characters, incredible suspense, and, of course, the fierce love of some very good dogs."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)
When a beloved family dog is stolen, her owner sets out on a life-changing journey through the ruins of our world to bring her back in this fiercely compelling tale of survival, courage, and hope. Perfect for readers of Station Eleven and The Girl With All the Gifts.
My name's Griz. My childhood wasn't like yours. I've never had friends, and in my whole life I've not met enough people to play a game of football. My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs. Then the thief came. There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you.
Because if we aren't loyal to the things we love, what's the point?
The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling thriller everyone is talking about, One of Us Is Lying! There's a new mystery to solve at Bayview High, and there's a whole new set of rules.
A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one's been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts. Until now. This time it's not an app, though—it's a game. Truth or Dare. Phoebe's the first target. If you choose not to play, it's a truth. And hers is dark.
Then comes Maeve and she should know better—always choose the dare. But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it's that they can't count on the police for help. Or protection. Simon's gone, but someone's determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there's a whole new set of rules.
Book Picks from Boise High Librarian
National Book Award 2019 Finalist!
From the author of Printz Medal winner Bone Gap comes the unforgettable story of two young women—one living, one dead—dealing with loss, desire, and the fragility of the American dream during WWII.
When Frankie’s mother died and her father left her and her siblings at an orphanage in Chicago, it was supposed to be only temporary—just long enough for him to get back on his feet and be able to provide for them once again. That’s why Frankie's not prepared for the day that he arrives for his weekend visit with a new woman on his arm and out-of-state train tickets in his pocket. Now Frankie and her sister, Toni, are abandoned alongside so many other orphans—two young, unwanted women doing everything they can to survive.
And as the embers of the Great Depression are kindled into the fires of World War II, and the shadows of injustice, poverty, and death walk the streets in broad daylight, it will be up to Frankie to find something worth holding on to in the ruins of this shattered America—every minute of every day spent wondering if the life she's able to carve out will be enough.
Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.
Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.
Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.
Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.
Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.
From your Theatre Director, Mr. Rowe:
We are very excited to share our Spring Musical
called "Emma! A Pop Musical! Emma, a senior at
Highbury Prep, is certain she knows what's best
for her classmates' love lives, and is determined
to find the perfect boyfriend for shy bestfriend
Harriet by the end of the school year. But will
Emma's relentless matchmaking get in the way of
finding her own happiness? Based on the Jane
Austen classic novel, this sparkling new musical
features the hit songs of legendary girl groups and
iconic female singers from The Supremes to
Katy Perry. Girl power has never sounded so good!
The Musical will play at the Boise High School
Wednesday - Saturday, March 11th-14th at
Emma! a pop musical
Wednesday - Saturday,
7:00 p.m. BHS Auditorium
From your Orchestra Director, Ms. Talley:
The Boise High Orchestra had the honor of
performing at the Idaho Music Educators
Association Annual Conference on January 30th.
They are practicing hard for their upcoming spring
concert entitled "Music Rebels" featuring works by
composers who caused major pivots in classical
music construction throughout history. Join us
March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.
Orchestra Spring Concert
Tuesday, March 3rd
Boise High School Auditorium
Orchestra Benefit Concert
Friday, April 17th
7:30 - 8:30 BHS Auditorium
Saturday, May 5th
Concert 2:00 p.m.
Gene Harris Bandshell
From your Band Director, Mrs. Fay-Olswanger:
The band community of Boise High will be experiencing a very
busy and fun second semester this year. The annual IMEA
All-State Convention was held in late January. Boise High's Wind
Ensemble as well as many individually chosen students
performed alongside some of Idaho's best young musicians. On
the 7th and 8th of February, a number of students performed
with Boise State University Honor Band, a clinic that is held right
on the Boise State Campus. Lastly, on February 15th, Boise High's
annual Jazz Night was a very big success. The Jazz Band played a
great variation of music with lots of help from the members of
the Concert Band. With many other events such as the Solo and
Ensemble Festival, the Gene Harris Jazz Festival and many
others, there is a lot to look forward to for the Boise High Band.
From your Choir Director, Mr. Burton:
The choirs have had a great beginning of the second
semester. On Friday, February 21st we hosted the Boise
Quad choir concert. We had over 500 singers from Lowell,
Collister, Washington, Whittier, Highlands, Cynthia Mann,
Longfellow, Roosevelt, Hidden Spring, Hillside, and North
on campus for a joint concert. It was a fantastic afternoon
and evening with a lot of fun singing, playing games and
eating pizza! It culminated with a wonderful concert.
On Thursday, February 27th, the Boise High Choirs
presented our concert called Life: Celebration, Sorrow, Love,
Grief, Joy, Wonder. In preparation for our concert, we
discussed what the idea of "Life" means. We explored the
idea that life doesn't occur in a vacuum. At any moment we
are experiencing a myriad of emotions simultaneously. We
are never only happy, sad, depressed, content, frightened,
full of awe or other emotion; we experience all of them
together. We performed music from diverse countries to
explore the ways that humanity expresses and processes
the emotions that make us human. These emotions are
the composite of what "Life" is and what is means to live.
We will have two more concerts coming up later this year.
Our Pre-festival Concert will be on April 16 and our Pops
concert, disco theme, is May 13. Both concerts will be at
7:00 p.m. in our auditorium.
Monday, March 30th
Tuesday, March 31st
7:00 p.m. in auditorium
BHS Band Pre-Festival
Thursday, April 9th
7:00 p.m. in auditorium
Saturday, May 9th
2:00 p.m. at the Gene
150 N Capitol Blvd.
BHS Choir Concert
Thursday, February 27th
7:00 p.m. in auditorium
BHS Choir Pre-Festival
Thursday, April 16th
7:00 p.m. in auditorium
BHS Choir Pops Concert
Wednesday, May 13th
7:00 pm in auditorium
SAGA Club is partnering with Downtown Boise to sell artwork and baked goods at First Thursday to raise money to buy club t-shirts in time for Summit. They are presenting at the Summit again doing a Q & A panel about gender and sexuality.
Young Democrats Our Young Democrats club for second semester will be focusing on networking with grassroot campaigns, presidential campaigns, and other organizations based in Idaho. We are focusing on the topic of free and fair elections right now, and how democratic voting will be affected in the 2020 presidential election. We look forward to hosting different guest speakers that will be open to the whole student body and staff!
Earth Club organized a visit from the Peregrine Fund and they brought a couple feathered friends!
Business and Career Club/DECA has created a coffee shop for students and teachers in the Quad during breaks. Proceeds will be donated to Interfaith Sanctuary.
Humanitarian Club has been busy with ESL tutoring both at Jefferson Elementary (pictured below on left) and Boise High. Our volunteers have been at Friendship Meals serving dinners to low-income and homeless community members and getting to know our refugee population at Boise High through group lunches and pen pal letters. Our latest endeavor is planning activities for the kids staying at Interfaith Sanctuary, bringining to them activities which they might not otherwise expereience like making valentines and decorating Christmas cookies. In December, we took underserved kids shopping for Christmas presents (pictured below on right).
AVID BHS AVID students have had a busy third quarter! Junior AVID students are fully responsible for organizing the annual Boise High Summit on March 18th. This project management experience is irreplicable and important for students to reflect on in college and scholarship essays. Senior AVID students are steps ahead of most of their peers on college applications, financial aid, scholarships and other college planning. What a stress reliever! The seniors had an incredible first semester: 91% of our senior class pulled their cumulative GPA up in their first semester of senior year. One senior earned a 4.8 GPA first semester! Our sophomores are settling into Boise High, making wise course selections for next year, learning about their own individual strengths, weaknesses and goals. Our sophomores also contribute to organizing the food truck rally at the summit each year. We are so proud of our Boise High AVID students.
Congratulations to Steeve Biondolillo :
Steeve was chosen as the state-wide Youth of the Year
Runner Up for 2020 for the Boys and Girls Club. He won
college scholarship money and did such a great job on his
Key Club This quarter, Key Club has been participating in a fundraiser called "Thirsty
Thirty". Each member collects a certain amount of money and puts it in an envelope
until all of the members have turned in their envelopes. All of the money they
collect will go to the fundraiser. This money will be used to help provide clean
water for countries in need. In addition, our members are promoting and
performing the act of consolidation of their water use. This includes taking quick
showers, turning off the sink while brushing your teeth and much more! We hope
everyone will join us in our cause!
Student Honor Awards
Senior, Isabel Darmody receiving the Outstanding Student Award for "Service Above Self" from the
Zane Harbison has been chosen as a Semi-Finalist from Boise High for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Rebecca Bruyere presented her art to the Board of the Idaho Federation for the Blind.