Dear Boulder High School Community,
I start February's edition of the "Principal's Corner" with a reminder to practice self-care. With so many things going on in our daily lives, it is easy to forget how important self-care is. Boulder High is committed to ensuring that every student and staff member invests in their mental and physical well-being. Self-care . . . it is that important.
Instrument Fund Drive
Boulder High School is extremely proud of our Instrumental Music Program. With the great fortune of having talented and passionate teachers and directors, BHS Instrumental Music has grown into an impressive program that contributes greatly to our goal of being a well-rounded high school that offers opportunities to all students.
Unfortunately, funds from Boulder High School's budget that are allocated to the Instrumental Music Program do not cover the expenses of purchasing the school instruments that are used by more than 55 percent of all instrumental music students in 10 different classes. Fortunately, over the years, the support and fundraising efforts of the Instrumental Music Parents Association (IMPA) have enabled the purchase of numerous instruments, countless sets of strings, as well as equipment such as the sound shells used at the concerts to project the students' music to the audience and tiered risers for the stage.
This year the BHS instrumental music teachers have identified a need for $17,850 to replace old and broken strings and instruments, as well as to purchase several new instruments to allow for more robust ensembles. To date, IMPA has raised more than $9,000, but we still need the assistance of the Boulder High community. I encourage you to make a tax-deductible donation to IMPA's Instrument Fund Drive by clicking HERE, or by mailing a check with "Instrument Fund" in the memo line to: IMPA, Boulder High School, 1604 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302.
If you have already donated to this great cause, your contribution is greatly appreciated and we thank you. If you have not had a chance yet, or know someone who may want to support our instrumental music program at BHS, please take a moment to consider contributing any amount that is comfortable for you. It all helps
Finally, there is also an opportunity for the school to benefit from donations of gently used instruments. If you or anyone in your community is looking to find a new home for an instrument, please drop off the instrument at the school.
Thank you in advance for your support, involvement, and partnership. Because of your commitment, our students will continue to thrive.
Later Start Time
As you know, all high schools in BVSD will be going to a later start next year (8:35 am–4:05 pm). The move was based on research done that supports that not getting enough sleep is common among high school students and is associated with several health risks, including being overweight, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and using drugs, as well as poor academic performance. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, teenagers aged 13 to 18 years should sleep 8 to 10 hours per day for good health. To prepare for this change, we have started reviewing our bell schedule in order to make the proper adjustment that aligns with the new start time and still meets the needs of our diverse learners. Once the bell schedule is set for the 2019–2020 school year, we will share it with the community. Thanks in advance for your patience and support during this transition.
Finally, here are some important dates coming up, so make sure you mark calendar.
· February 13: Parent Advisory Council Meeting (PAC) 5:30 pm
· February 15: No School for Students/Teacher Work Day
· February 18: No School/President's Day
· February 25: Boulder High School, Late Start Feedback Forum 6:00–7:30 pm
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
James A. Hill, Ed.D.