From Your Principal
Hello Boise High Students and Families:
Welcome to FALL 2019-2020
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.
Dear Boise High Families:
I hope this note finds you well and enjoying the start
of the 2019-2020 school year. August and September were
packed with a number of academic and athletic events and
activities. October and November will be equally as exciting,
with the completion of fall sports, the school day PSAT for
sophomores and juniors, senior pictures, parent-teacher
conferences, the National College Fair, and a variety of other
Our Student Council put together a wonderful
Homecoming Week experience for our student body. With
the theme, “Boise in Color,” staff and students had many
opportunities to don their creative outfits and participate
in fun events that marked the start of another fun filled
school year at Boise High. We hope you and your student(s)
were able to enjoy some of the these events, all of which
were great fun. The week concluded with a wonderful
Homecoming Dance; the gym was packed with
approximately 1100 students and guests having a great
time. We’re so proud of and thankful to our athletic teams,
Student Council, parent volunteers, the Boise Police
Department (parade) and all students and faculty who
made“Boise in Color” one of the best ever.
Now that the fun of Homecoming has passed, we turn
our attention to other endeavors such as the school day
administration of the PSAT for all of our tenth and eleventh
grade students. This day will be a late-start for all students-
administration of the PSAT, Senior Pictures, and Parent-Teacher conferences. Wednesday,
October 16th is the day of PSAT for all of our tenth and eleventh grade students. This day
will be a late-start for all students -including seniors, who will use this opportunity to have
senior portraits and a senior only graduation information meeting without interrupting
class time; the schedule is included in this newsletter. Please encourage your student(s) to
get a lot of rest and eat a nutritious breakfast so they are at their very best for the PSAT, an
important academic milestone. Also please encourage your senior student(s) to follow the
senior portrait and information meeting schedule that day (also included in the
Please also remember to read the Brave Weekly and keep an eye on the Boise High
Website and Calendar to remain informed of our many events and activities in October
and November. All of our fall sports teams will be entering playoff season, and our musical
groups and theater program will begin their concerts and performances. It will be a very
busy couple of months as we complete the first quarter of the 2019-2020 school year and
prepare for the upcoming holiday season. We are also very fortunate to be able to honor
the following 9 Boise High Students who have achieved National Merit Semi-Finalist status:
Eli Anderson, Ethan Bassingthwaite, Brynne Coulam, Zane Harbison, Hallie Hinchman,
Lauren Lafrades, Jayanth Mouli, Sidharth Naidu, and Peter Wieber. In total the Boise
School District has 30 of the 87 National Merit Semi-Finalists inthe State of Idaho,
which is representative of 34%. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that Harriet
Parkinson and Zachary Stevens have been awarded commended status by the National
Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Be sure to mark Tuesday, October 22 nd and Wednesday, October 23 rd on your calendars
for Parent Teacher Conferences, which will run from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., in arena-style
format. All conferences will be in the area adjacent to each teacher’s classroom (hallway,
landing, etc…) in all three buildings – we will provide maps in the main office. Because our
teachers generally have at least 150 students, fitting in a conference for each student will
always be a challenge, so we ask that parents keep the length of their conferences to 3-5
minutes maximum. Parent Teacher Conferences are designed for a brief, one-on-one
discussion of your student’s progress, so if you have an issue that will take longer than that
to discuss, please make an appointment with the instructor for a later date. We’re always
happy to meet with parents who are advocates for their children’s educational success.
We’ll send more details and reminders about Parent Teacher Conferences in the next two
weeks. And on Wednesday, October 30 th all of our students in grade 11, as well as AVID
students in grades 10 and 12 will attend the Boise National College Fair. These students
have a great opportunity to learn a great deal, and we are appreciative of our College and
Career Counselor, Mr. Chehey, for all of the work he does to organize this event.
I would also like to share with two of our Academic SMART Goals for the 2019-2020 school year. SMART Goals are those that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and toward improvement in specific academic areas. This year we are working toward improving
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I would also like to share two of our Academic SMART Goals for the 2019-2020 school
year. SMART Goals are those 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 are working toward improving the
percentage (from 56% to 60%) of students meeting the 530 cut score (college
preparedness) in Math on the SAT (spring of 2020 with students in grade 11). Additionally
we have a Literacy goal of improving the percentage of students (grade 10) meeting or
exceeding benchmark by 5% from fall to spring as measured by the STAR Reading
Screener; increasing by 5% the 11 th grade cohort meeting the 480 cut score (college
preparedness) in English, Reading and Writing on the SAT (spring of 2020). We appreciate
your support of these goals and encouraging your student to do their best academically
at Boise High School. We will keep you posted as to our progress. For easy reference, I
have included our Fall Assessment Calendar in this newsletter and will share the spring
and winter calendars as the time draws near. It is important to remember that these are
school wide goals and, as such, working toward these will be a part of all classes – both
core and elective areas.
As for communication purposes, our mainline phone has been changed to a convenient
push button system. This helps route our calls to the correct area. Press 1 for Attendance,
2 for Counselors and 3 for Nurse. To get in touch with a teacher or staff member, for the
ASB office , or general Boise High questions, please leave a message and it will be routed
promptly. If you need help with your Infinite Campus Account, need to talk to an
Administrator or have an emergency, please call Tina Wayman at 208-854-4273.
Thank you all for your continued support of Boise High School and continuing our
“Tradition of Excellence.” We are fortunate to have such supportive families and a strong
community of learners. I look forward to seeing you in October at parent conferences.
Thank you for making every day at Boise High so valuable.
Warm Regards –
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Boise High School, the safety and welfare of our students and staff are our highest priority. We practice safety drills throughout the year, with monthly evacuation drills and earthquake drills annually, to help our staff and students know what to do in the event of an emergency. At approximately 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9th, Boise High School, in conjunction with Boise Police Department will conduct a school-wide lockdown drill.
Our school and school district works with local first responders (Boise Police, Ada County Sheriff, Boise Fire, Ada County Paramedics, etc.) to correctly develop and implement safety procedures. The goals of drills throughout the school year are to improve our ability to protect students, save lives, and reduce injuries. Additionally, these drills provide opportunities for students and staff to increase knowledge of situational awareness and how to respond in the event of an emergency. These practice drills also allow us to evaluate our emergency operation plans and improve our response skills.
Prior to Wednesday, October 9 th ’s drill you may choose to talk with your child(ren), if you deem it appropriate, about the drill. Our goal, while practicing important safety procedures, is to be sure all students and staff feel safe.
If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to call us. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support in this matter.
Boise High School
"We are a part of a community that fosters the distinctive attributes that come with being a high school student. Additionally, among the many individual backgrounds and personalities at Boise High, we all share defining characteristics 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
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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,
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SRO - BOISE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
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For a complete staff list, click on the highlighted directory
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)
Marketing, Federal Budget, Foundation Acounts, Ordering,
Visitor Check-Ins, and General School Questions
(Tina Wayman-Principal Admin Asst)
ASB Accounts, Student ID's, Activity Cards, Boise High Spirit Gear
Transcripts from current year, Graduation Cap/Gown Information,
Infinite Campus Parent Portal Resets,
On campus, at Boise High School (Room locations TBA)
10th & 11th
Logo Contest Winner: Stephanie Stoddard
Runner Up: Jessie Taylor
Honorable Mention: Jill Frost, Abigail Wechsler, Katy Shanafelt
How (for whom) do we display & use the results??
Results are shared with parents, teachers and students inn their class.
Fall STAR Math
Interim STAR Math
Spring STAR Math
October 16, 2019
The STAR Math test is used to gauge students progress, strenghts, and specific skills to improve in math.
Students receive scores (and full access to question/answer analysis) onlline through their College Board account in mid-December 2019.
Preliminary practice for the SAT; National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (Juniors only)
Why do we
The STAR Reading test is used by parents and educators to pinpoint students' strengths and deficiencies in reading and offer specific insight into which areas need improvements.
Where do we give it?
September 4-5, 2019
September 11, 2019
January 13-17, 2020
April 9-10, 2020
Spring STAR Reading
11:10 - 11:15
1:32 - 2:17
9:05 - 10:05
Math (no Calculator)
Collection of Materials
10:45 - 11:10
2:22 - 3:07
Students report to Testing Rooms
Grade 10 and 11 - PSAT Testing
* All 10th and 11th graders need to report to their assigned
testing room by 8:20am. All Buses will run on a normal schedule.
* Cell phones must be turned off and put away during the
testing time from 8:20am until the final collection of materials.
* Lunch will be served from 12:10-12:45
* See PSAT Schedule to the right for 10th and 11th grade
Math (With Calculator)
8:10 - 8:20
12:45 - 1:27
11:15 - 12:00
10:10 - 10:45
8:20 - 9:05
10:05 - 10:10
Wednesday, October 16th
Senior Picture Schedule:
Report Time: Senior Student Last Name
8:00 Aaron - Bassingthwaite
8:15 Beard - Christie
8:30 Clark - Ellis
8:45 Ertz - Grefenson
9:00 Guerricabeitia - Hurst
9:15 Ichikawa - Krueger
9:30 Laaraj - McConnell
9:45 McDonagh - Nelson
10:00 Ngeleka - Pierce
10:15 Plummer - Saucerman
10:30 Scantling - Smotherman
10:45 Sorensen - Turner
11:00 VanDercar - Zimmer
11:30 - 12:10 Mandatory Senior Class Meeting Auditorium
12:10 - 12:45 Lunch
12:45 - 1:27 5th Period
1:32 - 2:17 6th Period
2:22 - 3:07 7th Period
boise national College Fair
Wednesday, October 30th
9:00am - 2:00 pm,
For more information click on the following link:
Swim: The Boys and Girls Swim Team at all levels has continued to be a dominant force in
the Southern Idaho Conference. Each meet the Brave swimmers have a target on their back.
Good luck to swim as we head into District and State. The JV Swim District Tourney is
November 2nd . The Varsity District Tourney is October 29th . The Varsity State Meet is on
November 8th and 9th . Keep up the good work Brave swimmers!
Volleyball: The volleyball teams at all 3 levels have got off to a hot start this year. As the
District Tourneys approach, the Brave teams should be in the thick of the league standings.
The Varsity has placed 2nd at an Eastern Idaho tourney and 3 rd last week at the Rocky
Mountain tourney. The Sophomore District Tourney is October 19th at Skyview. The JV
District Tourney is October 19th at Rocky Mountain. The Varsity District Tourney starts
October 21st at Timberline and Boise High.
Crosscountry: The Brave runners continue to be a dominant force this year. The Varsity
Girls team is nationally ranked and is coming off a 2nd place finish in Portland last week
where they took 2nd place to the top ranked teams in the country. The Varsity Boys have
had strong finishes and looks to be a State Contender this year. The JV boys and girls
teams have also posted many high finishes this year. The next chance you have to see your
Brave runners in action is the Boise City Meet on October 10th at Ann Morrison. The District
Meet will be October 25th at Eagle Island. Keep on Truckin’ Brave Runners!
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Girls Soccer: Currently the JV and Varsity soccer teams are undefeated in league play. Both
teams have excelled on the field and in the classroom. The JV District Tourney begins on
October 10th and the Varsity tourney begins on October 12th . Keep up the good work
Boys Soccer: Currently the JV and Varsity soccer teams are undefeated in league play.
Both teams have played very consistently this year and are rounding into form as the District
tourneys approach. The JV District Tourney begins on October 10th and the Varsity tourney
begins on October 12th . Go Brave!
Football : The Varsity and Freshman football teams have shown heart and character
through the first half of their league schedule. Both teams are fighting through injuries and a
tough 5A schedule. Keep up the hard work and show other schools what it means to BE
Brave! The Freshman will be at Borah on Thursday October 10th and Varsity will play on
Friday October 11th against Borah at 7:00 Donna Larson Park.
Committed to Excellence...Since 1881
From your Choir Director, Mr. Burton:
Choir is off to a fantastic start to the school year. We
were able to participate in the Boise Chordsmen's
Barbershop Festival on September 24th. We combined
with several other high schools from around the
treasure valley and had the opportunity to work with
leading figures in the vocal acappella world. Coming up
October 10-12th, High Expectations will be traveling to
Pocatello to participate with choirs from around the
state in the ISU Choral Invitational. For this concert the
singers have been learning two pieces that are in Hatian
and composed by the guest conductor. It has been a fun
challenge to learn the complex rhythms and language
of Haiti. Immediately after this trip the choirs will
present our Fall Choral Collage concert on October 15th.
It will feature a wide range of muscial styles that is sure
to be exciting. Looking forward to the Holiday Season,
we will again be presenting the annual Boise High
School Choirs Madrigal Dinner. The dates for this
performance are December 6 & 7. Look for ticket sale
information on the Boise High School website in early
winter sports tryouts
Monday, November 4th
Friday, November 15th
Monday, November 18th
High Expectations Retreat/ISU Choral Invitational
Choir Fall Concert
Tuesday, October 15th
ACDA Non Mixed Festival
Tuesday, October 22nd
Ridgevue High School, Nampa
Performing Arts Pictures
Wednesday, October 23rd
C of I Jazz Festival
Monday, November 4th
Jewett Auditorium, Caldwell
Fri/Sat December 6/7
Cathedral of the Rockies
BHS Choir Holiday Concert
Monday, December 16th
Choir/Orchestra Rotunda Concert
Thursday, December 19th
Idaho State Capitol Rotunda
From your Band Director, Mrs. Fay-Olwanger:
The Boise High Brave Band has had an amazing start to the
2019 marching season. With our growth this year to a
whopping 98 members, our band is now competing in
division 5A large against the largest, most competitive
bands in the valley. We have worked really hard to carry the
Brave spirit and pride while sporting our brand new
uniforms. Our bands's performance to an excited, large
student body at Homecoming and our first competition at
Caldwell showcased the hard work and dedication the staff
and members of the band have put into this season. We are
marching into October starting with our first Friday night
football game, where the freshman band members will get
a chance to join the Boise Brave Band in the stands,
followed by the Kuna competition on Saturday. The band
will have the chance to compete in two much larger
competitions later in the month, first at ISU then D3 at BSU - our capstone competition of the season. We are so proud of all the effort and commitment from our band this year!
From your Orchestra Director, Ms. Talley:
The Boise High Orchestra is 105 members strong this year
and off to a great start! We gave two concerts in the month
of September. First, our varsity program, the Boise High
Chamber Orchestra, was priviedged to perform in a
side-by-side concert with the Boise Baroque Orchestra
under the direction of Mestro Robert Franz. in this concert,
the students were given special bows to use that are replicas
of the kind of bows used in the 17th Century. We learned a
great deal about the style and approach to music from the
Baroque Era through this special rehearsal and performance
process. On September 18th, all three orchestras at Boise
High joined forces with the freshman orchestra programs at
North and Hillside for a "Farewell to Summer" themed
concert. At 160 members strong, we performed music about
water and moonlight featuring artists from Handel to The
Beach Boys. October will be an intense month of rehearsals
as we prepare for our Large Group Festival experience on
November 14th. We look forward to seeing all of our
supporters at our Post-Festival Concert at Boise High on
November 20th at 7:00pm in the auditorium.
ISU Marching Competition
Saturday, October 19
Performing Arts Pictures
Wednesday, October 23rd
DIII Marching Band Competition at
Saturday October 26th
Holiday Band Concert
Friday, December 13
Performing Arts Pictures
Wednesday, October 23rd
Wednesday, November 20
Thursday, December 12th
Choir/Orchestra Rotunda Concert
Thursday, December 19th
Idaho State Capitol Rotunda
From your Theatre Director, Mr. Rowe:
WSP is hard at work and having fun getting out first
production of the season ready for opening on
Wednesday, October 16th. Be sure and catch this
monsterously funny play set in the heart of the Scottish
The Bride of Brakenloch
(Micro Theatre) New Building
October 16, 17 & 18
Badger - A War Time Drama
(Micro Theatre) New Building
December 4, 5 & 6
Boise High students participated in the Kindness
Campaign and created a video challenging other
Boise High Schools to do their own Kindness Event.
Click here for the link to the video
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Quarterly Book Picks from
Boise High Librarian Natasia Rush
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Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland---throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talkt to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.
Go Varsity Brave Football Team
Football Game vs Skyview
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We have basball caps, winter hats and new sweatshirts.
If you order through the webstore, make sure to bring your receipt in to pick up your items
at the ASB Office.
For questions, call Becky Fordham at 208-854-4291