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Boonsboro High School

August 20, 2006

10 Campus Ave.
Boonsboro

Principal: Martin Green

Phone: 301-766-8022

Fax: 301-432-2269

Web site: www.wcboe.k12.md.us/custom_pages/030/Main/home_page.html

Starting time: 8:45 a.m.

Dismissal: 3:30 p.m.

Grades: 9-12

Date of construction: 1958

Age of building: 48 years

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Latest renovation: 1997

Size of building: 140,486 square feet

State-rated capacity: 1,029

Projected 2006-07 enrollment: 1,015




From the principal

Q. What are the biggest challenges this year?

A. The biggest challenges facing Boonsboro High School and all Maryland schools will be making Adequate Yearly Progress for all students and subgroups as measured by the Algebra I mathematics assessment and the English 10 assessment under the national No Child Left Behind expectations; and having all sophomores pass the Maryland State High School Assessments in biology and government, in addition to the previously mentioned English 10. These sophomores have either received their HSA algebra results as middle-school students or are awaiting their scores from their freshman assessment as freshmen last year.

This year's sophomore class is the first class of Maryland students required to earn a minimum score on the HSAs in algebra, biology, English 10 and government as expectations for earning a high school diploma.

Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. Our school's goals for the 2006-07 school year are:

1. Continue to improve the academic environment of Boonsboro High School as our community and school enrollment grow

2. To continue to have our students be successful on the numerous measurements of their academic performance from the previously mentioned national MSAs, AMSAs and state HSAs, to the assessments of PSAT, SAT, ACT, ASVAB and Advance Placement instruction

3. To continue to improve student attendance and reduce student dropouts

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. No school is successful without the consistent support of its parents and feeder communities. The numerous small communities that send their children to our school provide our programs with consistent, considerable support. Their continued support is essential to our success. Support organizations like our Citizens Advisory Committee, athletic, band, orchestra and choral boosters, numerous civic organizations, as well as the town government and police force of Boonsboro work cooperatively with us throughout the year.

This summer we are having considerable structural improvements made to our buildings. New ceilings, lighting, walls and flooring will help improve the learning environment for our students. These will certainly assist us in ensuring a facility to aid us in achieving another successful academic school year.

Above all else, the hard work of our exceptional faculty and staff will be essential to our continued success. We have a great blend of the consistency of experience and the enthusiasm of youth in our teachers. With five or more new teachers joining our faculty, the reclustering of classrooms and the restructuring of some departments, this should be another year of continued improvement and outstanding student performance at BHS.

Q. What message would you like to send as the school year begins?

A. I would like our parents and students to be confident that as the state, nation and world are raising the academic expectations and requirements for all students, our staff is dedicated to ensuring that our students are prepared.

Q. What special projects will occur during the school year?

A. We are in the second year of our gender-specific freshman and sophomore "Academies." Therefore, we will continue to have some exclusive male and female classes in selected core courses of English, social studies, science and mathematics. These classes are scheduled for some of our highest academic-performing freshman and sophomore students. Last year's sophomore academy students, though no longer in gender-specific classes, will be scheduling advanced-placement classes such as English language, calculus and chemistry for their junior year.

These students have demonstrated exceptional academic performance on their PSAT and SAT assessments to date and are making continual demands upon our faculty for an increased rigor of instruction.

We are also initiating "flexible" scheduling for students in some MSA and HSA preparation courses. By offering multiple classes of the same course during the same class period of the day, we can adjust student enrollments, class teachers, content instruction and recognized remediation during each grading period.

This is being scheduled for both semester and yearlong classes to better meet student instructional needs and in preparation for the MSA and HSA assessments.

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