Boise High Insights

3rd Quarter

From the desk of the principal - Robb Thompson

Dear Boise High Families:

I hope you are well and have had the opportunity to recover from the “snowpocalypse” that brought us an unprecedented seven days of cancelled school. It is hard to believe that we are already well into the 3rd quarter with the Boise Brave Parent Gala (Saturday, March 11th), Boise School District Bond Election (Tuesday, March 14th), and Spring Break (March 27th – March 31st) just around the corner.

As we approach the final grading period of the school year, we begin looking forward to next year. Our Open House for incoming sophomores was held on February 7th, with excellent participation from prospective students and their parents. It looks like most of the 510 currently registered 10th grade students took advantage of the opportunity to learn a little more about Boise High.

Most of our seniors are well on their way to completing the last of their college applications, making gap year plans, or putting together a plan for life and learning after graduation from Boise High School. On Tuesday of next week we will take our annual senior picture on the front steps of the main building. This is always was a fun event.

The winter athletics season is wrapping up with great results for all teams. Our Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team has had a great season thus far and will be playing Friday, February 24th for the district tournament championship. We are happy to announce that the Boys’ Varsity Team will be returning to the State Tournament for the first time since 1997. Way to go Braves! And our Wrestling Team has a number of student-athletes who will compete in the state wrestling tournament this weekend. The Lady Braves Basketball Team fought hard all season and came up just a bit short in the District Tournament. But they made us very proud in the process! All of our teams had great season this winter and gave us much to look forward to for next year. We are quite proud of the excellent sportsmanship and competitive spirit with which all of our student athletes and coaches conducted themselves. Congratulations to all who participated, cheered, and continue to enjoy the winter season.

The month of April will be a busy time for our sophomores, who will be taking the State Science Assessment in either Biology or Chemistry (students may choose). The ISAT 2 in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. The specific testing dates for ELA CAT (Computer Adaptive Test), ELA Performance Task, Math CAT and Math Performance Task have not been set just yet but will take place during the month of April. We will send out specific information as we develop the schedules. Also in April, our juniors will be taking the school day SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) on Tuesday, April 11th.

Another big event coming to Boise High is our Be The Change Summit. The date for the Summit is Wednesday, March 22nd. This will be a regular, full day of school. This is a student and teacher planned, student led project based learning opportunity for all students and staff members. We are very optimistic that the summit will positively impact our community regarding opportunities to make positive change. Our students have been working diligently to put together informative and engaging lessons with a fun and learning filled day for all. We are extremely proud of the work our students, particularly the AVID 11 class, have done with this project based learning experience.

On Friday, April 28th we will have our annual “Heart of the Brave Assembly.” The Heart of the Brave Award celebrates the positive characteristics displayed by Boise High students on a daily basis in regards to academics, music, the arts, activities, athletics and community contributions; recognizing those students who live and lead by example, be it quiet or vocal. Some of the characteristics these students display are integrity, excellence, dedication, respect, dignity, responsibility, honesty, teamwork, courage, kindness, compassion, perseverance, and empowerment – to name a few. More information regarding the specifics of the Heart of the Brave Assembly will follow in the coming weeks.

Lastly, I would like to share some data with you regarding current academic performance of Boise High School 10th and 11th grade students on the PSAT, which was taken in October of this school year. We have much to celebrate; 76% of BHS sophomores met benchmark standards (college preparedness) in English, Reading, and Writing, while 64% met the Math standards. The junior class had 80% meet the English, Reading and Writing benchmark, with 61% doing so in Math. These numbers are significantly higher than District, State and National averages for the same age groups. Have a wonderful weekend and Go Braves!


Robb Thompson


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Here is a short explanation from our Principal - Robb Thompson


On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 the Boise School District will hold a bond election to reinvest in our neighborhood schools and community with no increase in the current property tax rate.

For Boise High School, passage of the bond will address the following:

  • Boise High’s Old Gym - built in 1936, is outdated and has become an obstacle to properly delivering academic, athletic and performing arts education.
  • Music and Performing Arts - spaces also need revitalization and expansion where possible to provide optimal environments for learning.
  • Ranking last among high schools on all three major 2016 Facilities Audit categories (Utilization, Educational Adequacy and the Facilities Condition Index), a complete remodel of Boise High’s Old Gym, plus the addition and improvement of performing arts classrooms, will bring one of Boise High’s oldest building up to safe, modern standards ($15,300,000.00).
  • Boise High’s ongoing maintenance needs include paint, fire safety and flooring ($2,685,500.00).

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J. Keith Carlton - 1976-2017 "Once a Brave, Always a Brave"

The faculty, staff and students (past and present) would like to acknowledge the fine person, teacher, colleague and friend he was to us all. Mr. Carlton came to Boise High in 1976 and taught History & Pre-Law. He wore a lot of hats through the years, but was most recognized for the "Brave Wave Gold Room" and the holiday fund raiser for his golfers.

If you didn't have the privileged of meeting Mr. Carlton you missed out on a matter of fact personality who loved each and every student that crossed his path. His compassionate heart and giving spirit touched a lot of students and faculty throughout the years.

We would like to publicly thank Mr. Carlton for touching our lives and know that he will live forever in the true Brave Spirit here at Boise High. As Carlton would say... "Don't let the facts get in the way of a good story!" Thank you Mr. Carlton for blessing our lives!

Brave Parent GALA 2017!

Saturday, March 11th, 6-11:30pm

1000 West Myrtle Street

Boise, ID

GALA 2017! will be held at J.U.M.P. this year! It is a fun filled evening of dinner, cocktails, entertainment and dancing. Bid on some amazing and beautiful items. Mingle with friends and Boise High faculty, but most of all enjoy an evening that gives back to the Boise High student body!

TICKETS: $80 - includes one seat at an 8-top table for a sit -down dinner and non-alcoholic beverages. No host bar available. You may also purchase a table of 8 for you and your friends or simply sponsor a table. Make sure to register all your table quests so that a bid number can be assigned to them.

Click here for more information about GALA 2017!


Closures & Emergencies

District Parents/Guardians: Sign Up Today for Emergency Text Messaging Service from Boise School District

Simply text SUBSCRIBE to the number 68453

You'll know you were successful if you receive the following reply message in English:

You're now registered with School Messenger notification service. Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help. Msg&data rates may apply.

You'll want to repeat the opt-in process for any wireless numbers that you wish to include.

In addition to performing the opt-in process above, you'll want to ensure that the District has your wireless number(s) in our student information database. If you haven't already provided that information to your school please contact them as soon as possible.



S.A.T. Testing Day!

TUESDAY, APRIL 11th is S.A.T. Testing Day!

All juniors have been registered here at Boise High to take the SAT on April 11th. Students will report to school by 7:40 with the exam starting promptly at 7:45. The bell schedule will be adjusted to accommodate the nearly 5 hour exam.

WHAT TO & WHAT NOT to bring to the SAT testing room:


  • * Your Photo ID
  • * Two #2 Pencils and an Eraser. ...
  • * A scientific or graphing calculator is advised for these tests.
  • * Bottled water & snacks for breaks

NOT Allowed:

NO Cell phones or electronic devices allowed at all in testing room. If student is found using a cell phone or electronic device he/she will be suspended from the test and will not be able to continue.

AP Testing Schedule - May 1-12, 2017


MONDAY, May 1st - Chemistry & Environmental Science 7:45 a.m. / Psychology 12:20 p.m.

TUESDAY, May 2nd - Spanish 7:45 a.m. / Art History & Physics I 12:20 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, May 3rd - English Lit & Comp (12th) 7:45 a.m.

THURSDAY, May 4th - US Gov't & Politics 7:45 a.m. / Capstone-Seminar 12:20 p.m.

FRIDAY, May 5th - US History & German 7:45 a.m. / Comp Science Princ. & Studio Art 2-D or 3-D (portfolios due by 3p.m.) 12:20 p.m.


MONDAY, May 8th - Biology & Music Theory 7:45 a.m. / Physics C: mechanics & Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism (2 exams) 12:20 p.m.

TUESDAY, May 9th - Calculus AB & BC 7:45 a.m. / French 12:20 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, May 10th - English & Comp (11th) 7:45 a.m. / Macro Economics 12:20 p.m.

THURSDAY, May 11th - Comp Gov't & Politics, World History 7:45 a.m. / Statistics 12:20 p.m.

FRIDAY, May 12th - Micro Economics 7:45 a.m. / European History 12:20 p.m.

McDonald's All-American Nomination & Recognition

Senior, Mandy Simpson was recognized on Tuesday, January 17th before the Boise High Girls' Varsity Basketball game for her nomination to the McDonald's All-American Game. Click here and here to learn more.

Knights In Armor Award - Lyle Pearson

MEGAN HARVEY - Senior & Boise High Recipient!

Mike Hazel, on behalf of Lyle Pearson Auto Show, presents a trophy to seven students from various local High Schools throughout the school year. These students are chosen by their coaches and teachers of their High School for Academics, Sports and Citizenship. A scholarship is presented to one of the award recipients in June during the Annual Knights in Armor Award Banquet.

Started in 2011, this award is now in its sixth year.

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Boise High Winter Sports will be ending soon and Spring Sports are just around the corner. The boys’ basketball team is seeded # 2 going into the district championship game this Friday, Feb. 24th at Capital High School against Rocky Mountain. This will be the first time in 20 years that the team is going to the State Tournament. Great season and great win over Borah this past Saturday. Check the Boise High website on the Athletic page for an updated state bracket next week. See the game winning shot against Borah here!!

The wrestling program just finished the district tournament on Friday and Saturday, February 13th and 14th at Rocky Mountain. Good Luck to the 11 wrestlers who qualified for the State tournament which will be held Feb. 24th and 25th at the Idaho Center. This is the first time we have had eleven guys qualified for state. Good Luck to all at the Idaho Center.

Good Luck to our Cheerleaders and Dance Team “Brave Sensation” as they both will compete in districts this weekend on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. The cheerleaders will be at Ridgevue High School and the Dance team will be at Skyview High School. Both groups have had a wonderful season and hope to make state.

Spring sports are starting all their practices on Friday, February 24th and are praying for good weather. Golf will compete in their first match on March 13th. Baseball will start competition on the 9th. Softball’s first game is the 8th. Track and Field’s first meet is the 10th and Tennis swings into action on the 14th. Please check the website for game times and places.

Thanks again for all your support of the Boise High Athletic programs. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to call me at 854-4329.

Thanks for all your support,

Tracy Leinen, Athletic Director


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SCAVENGER HUNT the Brave Way!!

The Government classes headed to the Capitol Building on February 7th & 8th for a scavenger hunt.

Here are some of the things the students had to find - would you know where to find them?

*Who wrote "The Life of Lincoln"?

*What's on the Agenda for the House and Senate today?

*Search the West Wing for the "Spud Special"

*Who is Caleb Lyon and what does he have to do with the location of the Capitol?

*What was France's gift to Idaho after WWII?

*What is "the well"? (Senate Chamber)

*Find the JFAC room and what it stands for

*What type of tree did Theodore Roosevelt plant when he visited Idaho in 1903?

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Food & Nutrition Services Interactive Menus!

Boise School District Food & Nutrition Services launched a new state of the art website for students and their families. The website is loaded with nutrition resources about good nutrition and wellness, both at school and at home.

For the free mobile app, download Web Menus by School Nutrition and Fitness from your app store. To visit the webpage from the District website, select Food & Nutrition Services under the Parents & Patrons link below.

One of the highlights of the website is our interactive menus. After selecting the month and grade level on the Menus page, you can view the nutritional and allergen information for items offered throughout the District. There is also a tool to view the menus in numerous languages. You can even print the calendar in color or in black and white!

Check out the other great resources on our website! On the site, you can sign up for Free & Reduced Price Meals or sign up for MySchoolBucks to make online payments or to get free low balance notifications.

The website will continue to be developed and updated. Future plans include Menu Surveys, Cafeteria Digital Displays and possible Online Ordering for High School students!