Borah High School

Spring 2021


The mission of Borah High School is to promote equity through valuing and empowering our diverse, multicultural community. Borah challenges students to problem solve, think critically and creatively, and grow intellectually. Borah helps students cultivate an honest work ethic, perseverance, and self advocacy, as they discover their potential plan for the future success.

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Upcoming Events

Updated Schedules

With the transition back to in-person school, 5 days per week, we have an updated bell schedule to share with you. Thank you for your continued support and flexibility! Please see the images below.

Please be sure to continue to communicate absences, appointments, and other concerns with office staff. The office will be closed the week of Spring Break.

Social Media

For school news updates, follow us on Twitter @BorahHigh and on Instagram @BorahLions.

Counselors: @BorahCounselors

Athletics: @BorahAthletics

Junior SAT Day

Juniors, the School Day SAT is scheduled for Tuesday, April 13th. Sophomores and Seniors will remain at home for an asychronous school day.

More information to come as the date approaches! Be sure to contact your counselor with any questions.


Save the Date for Borah High School's Graduation Ceremony: Monday, May 24, 2021!

More information will be provided to Seniors and Parents/Guardians of Seniors via email as it becomes available.

Cap and Gown orders were due by March 1. If you haven't ordered a cap and gown yet, and would like to, please contact Ms. Lotridge in the Business Office:

Student Spotlight

National Merit Scholar Finalist

Congratulations to Hyrum Smith who has been named a National Merit Scholar Finalist!

Hyrum will now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered this spring!

College and Career Center

Virtual College Information Night, March 18th 7:00 pm

Please join Mrs. Kimball, Borah’s College & Career Counselor, to learn more about the college admissions process, financial aid, and scholarships. Please RSVP here. A link for the virtual meeting will be emailed out the day before the event.

Save The Date!

"Liberal Arts Colleges in the Pacific Northwest" Info Night -- w/ College of Idaho, Lewis & Clark, Linfield, U Puget Sound, Whitman, and Willamette [March 31st, 6:30 pm]. Curious about what a liberal arts education looks like? Plan to attend this virtual information session to learn more about a liberal arts education from some of the best in the Northwest! Registration information will be emailed out in the coming weeks.

Spring Scholarships

Seniors, there is still time to apply for scholarships if you’re headed to college next fall! Here are a few to check out:

College Bound Checklist

For students planning to enroll in college in the fall of 2021, there are several tasks to complete this spring:

  • Sign up for Orientation. Whether virtual or in person, most colleges require new students to attend an orientation session where they will sign up for classes.

  • View & accept financial aid. Make sure students log into their college accounts to view their financial aid package. A financial aid package includes money offered from FAFSA (Pell Grants, Work Study, and Student Loans) as well as institutional scholarships.

  • Sign up for housing. If your student plans to live on campus, they will need to apply for housing through their college or university.

Senior Scholarship Fundraiser

Every year, hundreds of Borah students go on to some form of post-secondary education (trade school, community college, four year university). Most of these students worry about how they will pay for that education. The Borah High School staff wants to be able to provide several scholarships for students who have worked hard and still come up short. Please help us make it possible for these students to reach their college and career goals!

Clubs and Activities

Don't Miss the Horticulture Plant Sale!

Borah High School Greenhouse

Friday, May 7th from 10am - 3pm

Saturday, May 8th from 10am - 2pm

Annuals, Perennials, Hanging Baskets, and Vegetables!

For more information, please see this flyer or contact Mr. Thompson at

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Lions' Den Tutoring

Borah National Honor Society Students want to help all students succeed! Students, if you are interested in tutoring, please log in with your Boise Schools account and check out the information on the Lions' Den Tutoring Site. Questions can be directed to Ms. Everson at or Ms. Potter at

Borah Pridecast

The Borah Pridecast is in its 5th season! It is the only podcast in the Boise School District and is devoted to the students, faculty, and community of Borah High School. The Pridecast is available wherever you get your podcasts and on YouTube. Simply search “Borah Pridecast.” All current and archived episodes are available here.

For more information, please contact Mr. McHenry at

TRIO Upward Bound

TRIO Upward Bound (UB) has been a part of the Borah community for 15+ years! We are currently seeking Freshmen and Sophomores who are excited to continue their education. TRIO UB has awesome opportunities for students such as career exploration with local professionals, university visits, internships, and a unique experience to live on a college campus for 5 weeks during the summer. To learn more about TRIO UB, please email Ms. Galvan at Eligibility for the program is based on family income and education level of the parents.

TRIO Educational Talent Search

Would you like to have help preparing for college? TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a free program that is offered to students at Borah to receive college and career readiness resources. TRIO ETS is not a class or a club; it's just an added resource for students to get additional support. We host a variety of workshops and events to help students explore colleges and careers including ways to pay for college. The process can seem very overwhelming and we are here to help.

Students that join TRIO are advised on where to start and what’s next in the college preparation process. Our college visits are some of the more exciting events we do to explore what colleges have to offer (currently on hold due to COVID-19). We’re currently recruiting sophomores and juniors. To learn more about TRIO ETS, please email Patty Alonzo at or call/text 208-695-7856. Eligibility for the program is based on family income and education level of the parents.


Spirit Squad

Updates and information can be found on the Spirit Squad Website! We have tryout dates and information available now!

Follow us on social media for updates and fundraising: @bhslionettes and @borahcheerleading

For questions or more information, please email:


Football Registration will be held in April. Date and Time TBA!

For the latest news and updates, be sure to sign up for Borah Lions Football Newsletter at!

Borah Gear

Show off your Borah Spirit! Use code MARCH21 for 20% off a purchase of $80+ through 3/31/21 at the Borah Lions Sideline Store. Also, keep your eye on @borahlions on Instagram for flash sales throughout the year!

Nurse's Office

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Counselors and Social Worker

In This Together!

Borah has a school social worker, Ms. Woodland, who is here to help! You can reach her through email, phone 208-854-6916, or text 406-848-4925. She also has a website with more information.

Feeling Stressed?

Check out this flyer from your Borah Counselors: 5 Things You Should Know About Stress

Mobile Food Pantry

El-Ada Community Action Partnership has made food boxes available for the Borah community! Come to Borah High School on the following dates to pick up a free food box.

We have three more scheduled events during the school year, and will continue on the third Thursday of each month throughout the summer as well!

Thursday, March 18th, 4:00 - 6:00pm

Thursday, April 15th, 4:00 - 6:00pm

Thursday, May 20th, 4:00 - 6:00pm

Lions Share Pantry

The pantry is located at the main entrance near the front doors. It is stocked with food and toiletry items for students and their families to access 24/7. For updates, follow @lionssharepantry on Instagram.

Please consider donating food or toiletry items to the Lions Share Pantry. Donations can be dropped off to Ms. King in the counseling office. Monetary contributions can also be made at the Boise Schools Foundation under "Lions Closet." Monthly Sponsorship opportunities are available as well! See the flyer here for details, and the image (right) for the items most needed in the pantry.

A Special Thank You

A special thank you to the following people/groups for their assistance with financial donations as well as assistance with donating food to our Lions Share Food Pantry in December, January, February and March:

  • Borah Alumni
  • Borah Counselors
  • Borah Neighborhood
  • Great Harvest Bread Company
  • Inclusive Idaho
  • Sawtooth Physical Therapy
  • Starbucks
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Millcreek Ward
  • Bethany Tuggle and Ben Keeler for organizing ongoing donations through sponsorship and running the social media campaign.

Virtual Peace Room

We are operating in uncharted territory right now that nobody could have possibly imagined or prepared for. The Boise Schools Virtual Peace Room is a fantastic resource for these times of uncertainty.

Library News

The Borah Library website is the jumping off point for books, instruction and research in our subscription databases. Students will need a from-home password to access database content (reference books, articles, videos, statistics and more). As long as students are logged into Google Chrome with their BSD school account the from-home password link (in the middle of our “Research & Databases” page) will be open to them.


While we are no longer charging overdue fines, we do appreciate students who return books when they are finished using them. We’ve purchased lots of new, popular and award winning titles this year that we hope can be borrowed, returned and shared by all. If you’re curious here’s a link to our catalog. You’ll see our most recently added books, audiobooks and eBooks in the three banners.

2020 BSD XBooks Challenge

Congratulations to our four 2020 BSD XBooks Challenge winners- students Emmalee Beery, Miriam Fridel, Katelyn Whitmer and librarian Laura Johnston who read and tracked books in FIFTY! categories last year! You may see them in the halls wearing a custom sweatshirt recognizing their achievement!

2021 Borah Quad Book Challenge

We are super excited to offer a new and different reading challenge this year. It’s the 2021 Borah Quad Book Challenge open to all South, West and Borah students and staff. It’s a reading “half-marathon.” Read just 25 books from 25 categories. Talk to your student about signing up- see categories here.

Social Media

Please follow us on Instagram! @borahlibrary. We feature virtual book displays (all books available on Overdrive, eBook, eAudiobook platform), book talks, tech advice, research tips, and overall well-being topics.

Tech Updates

The Library is Borah's Technology Hub! Be sure to head to the Library with any technology questions or concerns during the school day.

The Library has written up instructions to solve “most” chromebook issues. Save/bookmark this pdf: Student Chromebook Troubleshooting as it might be just what you need some day! If you continue to experience technical difficulties, please call the IT Help Desk at 208-854-6670 or email

Report loss or damage to the library within 24 hours. You will receive a loaned device while the problem is being resolved.

For items that are lost, stolen or damaged, your school administration team will determine if the loss will be covered under the Voluntary, Non-refundable Device Deposit. If the loss is not covered, the individual may be financially responsible.

Here are the quick links to both the Responsible Use and Permission Form and Voluntary, Non-refundable Device Deposit. The Voluntary, Non-refundable Device Deposit can be paid at the Borah Webstore.

Any questions, please contact Ms. Wilson at