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 Principal's Corner

April 23, 2019

Dear Boulder High School Community,

As you know, all high schools in BVSD will be going to a later start next year (8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m.). Over the past month, we have been revising our bell schedule to align with the new time, while also trying to meet the needs of our diverse learning population. I have included the new bell schedule below, along with a list of some notable changes from the current schedule. I want to thank the scheduling committee, as well as the entire staff, for working through this long process.

2019-20 Boulder High Block Schedule

Notable Changes

  1. New schedule has 50-minute class periods. (Current schedule has 52.)
  2. New schedule has 85-minute block periods. (Current schedule has 80.)
  3. No late start. School will start at 8:30 a.m. each day. Early release will be Wednesday afternoons for teacher meetings and professional learning communities (PLC) for staff.
  4. Advisory will be on Thursdays from 3:05 to 4:00 p.m., and on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 3:45 to 4:00 p.m. Advisory is a time for students to check in with their teachers as needed.
  5. Freshmen seminar is on Thursdays, during first semester only, from 3:05 to 3:45 p.m.
  6. Every student will have 4th or 5th period off, which will also be their lunch period.

As we have done in the past, we try to work with class schedules to ensure students are maximizing their learning experience at Boulder High. With more than 2,100 students, and a focus on maintaining balanced classrooms, we do not allow teacher and counselor changes or requests for specific periods off. We recognize that a large percentage of our students are involved in extracurricular activities after school, work, or have other obligations. However, with so many students and so little flexibility within the schedule, it is impossible to accommodate these types of requests. What we can do is work with our students who are involved in extracurricular activities by allowing them to make up work when they have to miss a class period due to a competition. Our teachers understand the value of students being involved in different activities, and they will be flexible when working with students in their individual classrooms. We appreciate in advance your understanding of this policy and your patience during this process.As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or any administrator with questions or concerns you may have. 

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or any administrator with questions or concerns you may have.

James A. Hill, Ed.D.

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