Bloomington High School Newsletter

September 2019

Timothy Moore, Principal

Dr. Barry Reilly, Superintendent

District 87 School Board:

James Almeda-President

Brigette Beasley

Elizabeth Fox Anvick

Tammy Houtzel

Charles Irwin

Mark Wylie

Mary Yount

Message from Principal Moore

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(Mr. Moore will not follow students.)

Homecoming Information

Homecoming Week Activities

Sept. 23-28

Monday Sept. 23 – Academic Achievement Night

Invitation only.

Tuesday Sept. 24 – Dodge ball tournament @ 6:00 in the south gym. Teams can sign up during lunch periods during the week of September 16-20.

Wednesday Sept 25 – Class color day and all school games assembly.

Thursday Sept 26 – Hall of Fame Banquet (invitation only).

Friday Sept 27 – Homecoming Assembly in North gym. Starts 1:35.

Football Game Raiders vs Urbana 7:00. Buy tickets at school to avoid the lines.

Saturday Sept 28 – Homecoming Dance in the North Gym 8:00-11:00 p.m.. No ticket sales at the door. Students must bring ID

Dress Up Days:

Monday - Twin Day

Tuesday – Jersey Day

Wednesday – Class Color Day

Seniors – Gold

Juniors – Red

Sophomores – Blue

Freshmen – Purple

*T-shirts will be given out during advisory on Tuesday Sept. 24.

Thursday – Character/Meme Day

Friday – Purple/Gold Spirit Day

Homecoming Tickets will be sold during all lunch periods beginning on Monday Sept. 23-27. Cost for tickets: $8.00. Cash or Checks only. Checks can be made to Bloomington High School.

College Visits

College Visitations: Normally these visits should be confined to times when school is not in session, such as teacher institutes, spring vacations, etc. All college visits that require a student to miss a day of school, must be pre-approved by BHS Administration prior to the visit. If the college is located out of state, approval will be given for travel (one day preceding and one day following the visitation). For each visitation day thus granted, the student must present to the Attendance office written verification of the visit from the school visited. If a local college visitation is taken during a school day and is over before the end of the high school day, the students shall be expected to return to school. Failure to present written verification of the college visit or not returning to school when it applies will result in the absence being judged unapproved. BHS Handbook, pg. 36

E-Cigarettes and Vaping

One of our daily challenges here at BHS are students using e-cigarettes, or, as they are more commonly known, vapes. This is a growing problem not only at BHS, but across the country. Teenagers believe that e-cigarettes are completely safe, but there are significant risks to be aware of. You should know that:

1. E-cigarettes contain nicotine - which is a HIGHLY addictive chemical that is particularly risky to teens and young adults. Because the teen brain is still developing, they are more susceptible to becoming addicted. Vaping can also lead to an increased risk of developing addiction to other drugs and various mental and physical health problems later in life.

2. Tobacco companies are marketing these products to teenagers. There are no laws to prevent tobacco companies from marketing e-cigarettes to young people. In 2016, the federal government imposed a legal age of 18 to buy e-cigarettes and products.

3. Use of e-cigarettes may be a sign your teen is smoking regular cigarettes or even marijuana. These e-cigarettes can also be used to smoke marijuana or hash oil instead of nicotine liquids. Both the vaporized marijuana smoke and vape smoke are hard to detect.

We encourage you to talk to your student about e-cigarettes and the dangers that come vaping. Peer pressure definitely plays a significant role in students vaping, so take note of who your student is hanging around and what they are doing.

If you have questions or need support, don't hesitate to contact an administrator or your student's advisor at BHS.


September Newsletter 2019 – Guidance Department

Our entire Guidance Department would like to send a warm welcome to our new and returning students and families. We have a dedicated and hardworking staff who are looking forward to another great school year. Please feel free to contact our department if we may be of assistance with academic and future planning, social/emotional needs of students, and college/career planning.

Changes in the Guidance Office

-A warm welcome to our new School Psychologist, Sharon Gwaltney. Sharon is in her 5th year as a School Psychologist and previously worked in school districts in Ohio and Illinois. She moved here 3 years ago and loves the Bloomington/Normal area. Sharon is a great addition to our BHS Guidance Team.

We also welcome Mrs. Shontae Common, Guidance Counselor, as our new Co Lead in the Guidance office. Mrs. Common, who is in her 3rd year at BHS, joins Mr. Marcy, Speech Pathologist, as Co Lead in the guidance office.

-We are happy to have our returning staff including School Counselors/Academic Advisors Shontae Common, Betsy Elver, and Sarah Crowder, College and Career Counselor Stacie Gardner, Social Worker/Academic Advisor Chris Michels, and Speech Pathologist Troy Marcy. Our department would not function without the assistance of Mrs. McCormic who is our Administrative Assistant and Mrs. Ratzsch who is our Registrar.

Student Assignments:

-Mrs. Common: Students in grades 9-11 with last names beginning with A-F

-Mrs. Elver: Students in grades 9-11 with last names beginning with G-Me

-Mrs. Michels: Students in grades 9-11 with last names beginning with Mi-Pa

-Mrs. Crowder: Students in grades 9-11 with last names beginning with Pe-Z

-Mrs. Gardner: Seniors (Mrs. Gardner’s office is located in the College/Career corner of the IMC)


The PSAT/NMSQT will take place on Wednesday 10/16/19 at BHS beginning at 7:30 AM during 1st through 4th periods.

Please see Ms. McCormic in the guidance office to register no later than Friday 9/13/19. The cost is $17 and all sophomores and juniors are eligible to take the test.

All sophomore and junior students who have registered will attend a PSAT pre-administration session on Wednesday 10/2/19 during 2nd and 3rd periods in the cafeteria.

Students should bring a number 2 pencil (not mechanical) with them to the pre-administration session.

Please see Mrs. Common with any questions or concerns.

Year-Round Annual Review IEP Conferences

Annual review conferences for students receiving IEP services has begun and will continue throughout the school year. Your student's case manager will contact you with regard to scheduling the meeting at a time that works for all involved. You will also be notified, in writing, as to the date and time of the meeting as a follow up from the initial contact. Please contact your student’s case manager with questions regarding the annual review process, including requests for changes. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Michels, School Social Worker and Annual Review Coordinator at 828-5201 extension 5116. We look forward to meeting with each parent and student during the 2019-2020 school year.


Our partnership with Heartland Community College continues for another year. We welcome Morgan Lord as the new representative for Bloomington High School. Morgan will be here to assist students in the application process, answer any questions regarding the college as well as making students familiar with the scholarship opportunities. She will meet with students in the library twice a month. Below are the dates that she will be available this semester. Morgan will be at BHS from 8:00 AM-1:45 PM on these dates:

· September 5th, 18th, and 25th

· October 3rd, 17th, and 31st

· November 14th

· December 5th


ISAC (Illinois Student Assistance Commission) will also be in the LMC every Monday from 11:00-2:00 each week. They are a financial aid and college/educational access agency in the state of Illinois that administers scholarship, grant, and other financial aid programs. Their mission is make college accessible and affordable for Illinois students. Patrick Capalad will be the representative at BHS and will be here in the LMC on Mondays from 11:00-2:00 each week. He will also be providing presentations at various times throughout the school year.

Project OZ

Bloomington extends their partnership with Project Oz another year by having School Youth Specialist, Matt Coates in the building next to guidance. This is Matt’s second year working within Bloomington High School in the Youth Empowered Schools Program. He will continue to be a resource for all students to help in areas of emotional, academic and family support to help students reach their goals. Matt will also continue conducting restorative peace circles (Raider circle) with students experiencing conflict. This is an evidenced based practice to prevent conflict and improve the culture here at BHS. Matt will also serve as Assistant Varsity Basketball coach for the second season. Matt also will be the facilitator again of HYPE. HYPE is a student led leadership group that meets after school and helps plan projects for the community and student body.

MAP Testing

It’s that time of the year when BHS assesses how much each student has grown and what our students are ready to learn by administering the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments in English and Math. All 9th-11th grade students enrolled in English and Math will take MAP three times this school year: Fall, Winter, Spring.

MAP assessments are developed through the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). “This collection of purpose-built measures from NWEA illuminates every student’s learning needs, helping teachers to target instruction and administrators to make well-informed system-wide decisions.” BHS teachers use MAP results to adjust their instruction to the needs of their students. As a parent, you can also support your student ‘s learning by using their MAP scores. On the NWEA website,, a “Family Toolkit” has been created to help you understand and interpret the scores. Teachers and parents can work together to monitor student progress and growth.

BHS Cafe

BHS Café would like to remind parents that ALL students whether FREE, REDUCED, or PAID status receive a meal for breakfast and lunch! Please encourage your student to take advantage of our meal participation program. Breakfast is from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. daily. Thank you!
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Attendance Line

The BHS direct attendance line is (309) 828-1231. If you need to report your student absent from school, get them out of school early for an appointment, or if they are coming late, please contact the above number.