Bolivar High School Newsletter

January 2014

Make Up Days for 2nd Semester

Since we have already had our fair share of winter weather, we have missed more school than ordinary for this point in the school year. Click on the table at the end of the article to view how the days missed for inclement weather will be made up. Hopefully we won't have to miss much more this winter.

School is in session Monday, January 20th.

There have been a lot of questions regarding snow day make ups and the associated state law which can be difficult to interpret. Hopefully, the following information will provide an explanation of the requirements regarding make up days and the impact this will have on our school year.

School districts are required to make up a maximum of 10 days due to inclement weather. The law mandates that the first six days of missed school due to inclement weather will be made up. After the first six days, a day will be made up for each two days of school missed for a total of 10 make up days. The rest of the days will be forgiven. For example: a school district that misses 12 days due to inclement weather will actually make up 9 days.

Semester Grade Reports

We are currently preparing semester grade reports for mailing the week of January 13. Please watch your mailbox for this information.

Semester grades are included on the permanent transcript for each student. A successfully completed semester class results in a student earning .5 credit toward graduation. Bolivar students must earn 27 credits to graduate.

Invitations to our Academic Banquet will be included with grade reports for students who have qualified for this recognition. To earn the Academic Letter, a student must have a 3.67 semester gpa with no grade lower than a B.

Please remember that we have tutoring available Monday-Thursday from 3:00-6:00 pm after school in the library. No appointment is needed. Students are welcome to use the extended library hours to study, research, or get extra help from a teacher. We also have tutoring available in the library each day except Wednesday from 7:15-8:00 am

Taking Pride in Effective Communication

In late October we asked for your feedback about how we're doing meeting the educational needs of your student. We take the results of our annual survey seriously and strive to address any concerns.

Although we felt great about the overwhelmingly positive results of that survey, we did note a few areas that were a little lower than the rest. One of those areas was related to parent communication and keeping you informed of what's happening with your student's academic progress.

We've set some goals to try to improve in this area. We hope you feel you have the right amount of communication to stay informed. Our teachers will strive to contact you by phone, email, or snail mail to provide you with information about what's happening in class, and especially if your student is struggling.

Information is always available through the Parent Portal. If you need any help accessing this service, our staff is always just a phone call away. You can check academic progress, see transcripts, attendance, and even lunch balances.

You can also access a mobile friendly version of the Parent Portal designed specifically for smaller screens like smart phones.

We hope the portal is a valuable tool for you to stay connected to basic information about your student. Thank you for using this resource to help your child succeed.

In addition to the portal, please watch for emails from BHS. We'll try to not to flood your inbox, but our teachers are working to send more frequent updates.

Finally, we are also adding a feature from School Reach whereby parents will receive a phone call notification about 6 pm if their student is absent for any block during the school day. This feature will help to ensure that attendance reporting is accurate and timely.

If you ever need assistance or have questions, give us a call at 326-5228. Or, send us an email. Every teacher's email address is available through the Parent Portal.

Here are a few other email addresses that might be helpful.

David Geurin, Principal
Ron Owens, Asst Principal
Michelle Darby, Jr/Sr Counselor
Jennifer Ferrell, Fr/So Counselor
Danny Morrison, School Resource Officer
Lisa Pitts, Attendance Secretary

January Calendar Events

January 10--Deadline to register for February 8 ACT testing

January 11--BHS hosts speech and debate tournament

January 16--Monthly school board meeting will be held in BHS library (7:00 p.m.)

January 20--Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (School is in session)

January 20-23--Gary Keeling Lady Liberator Girls Basketball Tournament

January 20-24--Courtwarming Spirit Week

January 24--Courtwarming vs. Willard

January 24--Deadline to register for February 8 ACT testing (with late fee)

January 25--COC Wrestling Tournament at BHS

January 26--Academic Celebration Banquet

January 27-February 1--Liberator Basketball Tournament