Berthoud High School - Thompson School District



Berthoud High School - Thompson School District
Berthoud High School
Parent Newsletter
Number 197
February - March 2015
Hello Spartan Families!
Happy February! I hope you are all doing well. Registration is in full-swing and we have begun preparations for next year's
schedules. Please be aware of my requirement to speak with you and your child if you are considering taking more than 2.5 credits of AP or
Concurrent Enrollment level classes next year. I want to avoid conversations of "dropping" a course without penalty next fall when school
starts for classes being registered for right now. It is important that students sign up for what they are committed to take for next year to
avoid a withdraw penalty next fall. Please consider a study hall or off period, for upperclassmen, so that your student has time during the
school day to complete work, meet with teachers, and access technology.
Thanks for the parental and student support for our last Student Council Dance. Our student leaders and sponsors (Mrs. Santos and Mrs.
Steele) did a fantastic job on the dance and helping administration focus on appropriate behavior and following school policies at our
dances. Although the students may not have liked our wristbands and screening some of the songs, we thought it was a fun, safe and
respectful dance.
Remember that there is NO Community Forum for the Berthoud Bash February 9th, but there is a Joint SAC meeting at Turner Middle
School, February 11th at 4:30 in their library for our Berthoud Schools. We will discuss/share information on the PARCC tests and share our
requests for the Berthoud Bash this year. I hope you are all planning on going to the Bash fundraiser March 28, 2015!
Parent Teacher conferences are coming up in March and PARCC testing will begin as well. I hope we are ready to continue to perform at a
high level in our district, region and state on these tests! Thanks for your continued support with testing. As always, please contact me if you
have any concerns regarding your child at BHS.
~~ Mr. Garcia
Don’t let a year of memories die… Buy your
yearbook now for $70.00.
February 16 : No School
February 25th: No School (Teacher Work Day)
March 13th: No School (Teacher Work Day)
March 17th – 19th: Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 19th: No School
March 20th: No School
March 28th: Berthoud Bash
April 6th – 10th: No School (Spring Break)
April 18th: Prom
April 18th: After Prom Event 11:00 PM – 3:00 AM
May 17th: Senior’s Baccalaureate Service 7:00 PM
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held:
 Tuesday, March 17th: 3:30 – 6:00 PM
 Wednesday, March 18th: 3:30 – 6:00 PM
 Thursday, March 19th: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Parents will be able use the On-Line Scheduler
which will be available on March 13th. Please
check the BHS website for the Scheduler link after
March 12th.
Student Fees
From the Athletic Director/
Assistant Principal
Please remember to pay your student’s fees As
Soon As Possible!! (They are available thru the
parent portal or you can call the school.) Teachers
need to purchase class supplies for the current
semester. Seniors will need to have all fees paid
BEFORE May 1st for graduation.
Winter sports are off and running! Come out
and support our Spartans, community attendance is
always appreciated! Please keep an eye out for all
expiring physicals. We would hate to hold out any
athlete; remember, your physical is good for 365
days. Look forward to seeing everyone at our winter
sporting events.
The Athletics Web Page – Go to click on athletics.
The Berthoud Bulletin is the primary source of
electronic communication regarding activities at
Berthoud High. To sign up, simply send your email
to [email protected]
Thank you for your time and support.
~ Mr. Scheck
Spring Sports Parent/Athlete Meeting
Attention all Spring Athletes! Our spring sports
meeting will be held in Auditorium on February
11th at 6:00. This meeting will be so that all parents
and athletes can meet with the coaches of the spring
sports they will be participating in. The meeting
will start all together where I will give a short
presentation regarding, eligibility, physical
information, district policies, media presentations,
and a few miscellaneous items. Following that,
there will be breakout sessions with each sport and
their coaches for individual and team expectations.
Parents and athlete attendance is highly encouraged!
BHS 2015 Baccalaureate Service:
Sunday, May 17 @ 7:00 PM
This wonderful tradition will be an inter-faith
celebration featuring music, local speakers, Senior
Slideshow and light reception. A detailed invitation
will be sent in the coming weeks. Hosted by a
committee of senior parents, this tradition is fueled by
volunteers and donations only. If you (or your
business) would like to contribute HELPING
HANDS, funds for facilities and senior gifts, or
reception items, please contact us below. It will be a
special time! Thank you for helping out!
Contact: Kim Skoric @ [email protected]
Laura Decker @ [email protected]
ACT Prep/Practice ACT
Juniors – On March 31st the juniors will be
doing ACT prep sessions in the morning and they
will take an ACT practice test in the afternoon.
This will be a great way to prepare the ACT Test
we take in the spring.
BHS New Eligibility Requirements
Eligibility will still be done on a weekly basis as
it always has been. The difference will be the grades
that make a student ineligible. In years past, if a
student had two or more F’s in a week, they were
ineligible for one week (Sunday to Sunday). This
year we are going to raise the bar and put even more
emphasis on the “student” part of student-athlete.
The new ways for an athlete to be eligible are: 1)
student athletes must be enrolled in at least five
classes and 2) cannot be failing more than one class. If
a student athlete is ineligible, he or she will be
required to sit out for the following week. The rational
is tied directly to our goal of increasing student
Registration for 2015-16
Our counselors are currently going into
classrooms to do career and academic planning and
guidance to help prepare students for making
appropriate and relevant course requests for next
Please take some time to carefully review your
student’s plans, as we build our master schedule
based upon our students’ course requests. We
encourage parents to get involved in this process in
order to help your student choose courses that best
fit their interests and future goals. Check the dates
listed below for when your student needs to turn in
his/her completed and parent signed hard copy of
their course request form to his/her counselor.
Boosters and Miscellaneous Info
Our booster club needs more membership from
parents and families around the community. If you
are interested please contact Gina Archuleta or the
athletic office for more information.
Just a reminder about physicals, we are
approaching that time of year when physicals may
expire. Please be aware of your child’s situation
regarding physicals. Physicals are good for one
calendar year, and then they need to be renewed.
Feb 4th – Incoming Freshmen Orientation
Feb 6 – FRCC High School Program Interviews
Freshmen: Classroom Guidance – Feb 13th
Registration forms turned in – Feb 17th & 20th.
Course Description Books are now available on
the Thompson School District web site. There is
a link on Parent Portal that will take you to the
A brief description of every class offered in the
district is in this book, along with graduation
requirements and guidelines for college admissions.
Scholarship Deadlines
Below is a list of scholarships that have an application deadline date
in February. Their links can be found on Naviance. There are too
many to list for March, so please log in to Naviance to see a complete
list. As always, please verify the due dates of these scholarships as
you research the requirements to apply.
Reminder to Seniors - The counseling office sends
out transcripts every Friday. Please make sure
your request through Naviance is at least three
days prior to your college or scholarship postmark
deadline in sufficient time to meet scholarship
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Diversity Enhancement Scholarships
Reckling Family Scholarship
National FFA Scholarship Program
John Brown University Success Scholarship
Colorado Masons’ Benevolent Fund Scholarship
AXA Achievement Community Scholarship
Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship & Journalism Conference
Society of Women Engineers Scholarship – Rocky Mountain Section
NPCA Educational Foundation Scholarships
ESA Foundation Scholarship
Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools
BBB/Rotary Ethics Scholarship Award
University of Colorado Denver Honors Leadership Program
Art Institutes Scholarships
Adams State College Theatre Scholarship
KFC Colonel Scholars Program
Pacific Lutheran University Music Scholarship Auditions
Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Junior Achievement Inspiration Scholarship
Burg Simpson Scholarship Program
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Chancellor’s Leadership Class
WACE Eleventh Annual National Coop Scholarship Program
University of Colorado President’s Leadership Class
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
DAR National Society Scholarships
AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness
Create-A-Greeting-Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest
Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarship
Shell Oil Company Technical Scholarship Program
Shell Minority Scholarship Program
Phillip McClelland Scholarship
Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
The Atlantic & College Board Writing Contest
PFLAG Denver Scholarship Application
Optimists Club Oratorical Contest
National Association of Women in Construction
Aims Foundation Scholarships
ACT/SAT Test Registration
There are still several test dates for either the ACT
or SAT during second semester. You may access
test dates, registration deadlines and costs at the
respective websites: and Information for both tests
can also be obtained in the counseling office.
Important Dates:
Feb 4th – Incoming Freshmen Orientation 6-7:30pm
Feb 6th – FRCC High School Program Interviews
Feb 17th & 20th – Freshmen bring completed and parent
signed course requests to counselors.
April 28th – State ACT Test for all juniors. PLEASE
May 19th – Senior Awards Night in the Auditorium
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PLEASE NOTE: The Berthoud Common Application and the
Loveland Common Application are available. The deadline date for
both is March 6th, 2015, and the applications are available on
Naviance -
Twitter - @BHSandBEYOND
Fastweb -
College Week Live -
“Catch A Wave!”
Saturday, April 18
11:00 PM – 3:00 AM @
Berthoud High School
New Immunization Requirement
for Varicella in 2015/2016
Please be advised that the state health department will
be requiring all students 9-12 grade to have 2
chickenpox vaccines also called the Varicella vaccine to
be compliant with immunizations for the 2015/2016
school year. Student with a history of chickenpox
disease on record are exempt.
Medical, religious, and personal exemption forms are
available on request through the health office or online
at if desired.
The After Prom Event was initiated in 1994 as a way to provide a
fun, safe, and substance-free environment for our students
following the festivities of Prom. Through our After Prom Event,
we plan to serve the ultimate mission by doing whatever possible
to draw the teens in and reduce or eliminate the potential tragic
loss of one of our youth.
We need financial contributions and in-kind donations to make
this a fun and safe event.
Please check your student’s immunization records to
see if your student has the required 2nd varicella.
Here are some easy ways to help the fund raising efforts for
the Berthoud High School After Prom Event:
Minimal fund raising will be needed if every parent gave a $10$20 donation.
All donations are 100% tax deductible.
Donations can be made via PayPal:
1. Click on the PayPal link below
Copy the text from the link below and paste in your browser
address bar.
Industrial Technology &
Pre-engineering Department Info
The Industrial Technology and Pre-engineering department is
looking for interested businesses to be on our new advisory
committee. We only meet 2 times a school year. We are in
need for students to link what they are learning to real world
experiences and possible internships. We also are looking for
insight on problems that need to be addressed in our
curriculum area. Please contact Robb Sommerfeld at 970613-7719 if you are interested.
2. We also accept checks. Please make your check payable to
Berthoud Cares/APE
Checks can be dropped off to Mrs. Rugg at BHS
or mailed to:
Berthoud High School
APE 2015
850 Spartan Avenue
Berthoud, CO. 80513
Attn: Maia Mattise-Lorenzen
Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or highter and have
achieved this GPA with 3 recorded semesters at Berthoud
High School will be receiving a notice in Late February or
Early March that they may apply for Berthoud High School’s
National Honor Society. Please be on the lookout for these!
Liberty Mutual Insurance: Take a moment to get a free auto
and/or home insurance quote from our Berthoud Liberty Mutual
representative and you can help BHS After Prom earn money. If you
request a home insurance quote, we earn $10. If you also get an auto
quote, we earn another $10. All you need to do is click this
link jeanetteparker and then click on
the "email me" icon. Fill out the short form and mention the BHS
After Prom Event in the comments. It's that easy!!
This school year’s chapter has been busy successfully
completing the annual giving tree. 146 children in the
community received gifts for the holiday season making this
one of the most successful years for the giving tree project.
Qdoba Coupon Sheets: The Qdoba coupon sheets are available for
$10 each. They can be used across Northern Colorado, including
Longmont, Firestone and Greeley, as well as Cheyenne and Laramie.
Each coupon sheet includes 7 different Buy One Get One offers, as
well as Free With Purchase breakfast burrito, kids meal, chips and
queso and two coupons for discounts on Hot Bar catering purchases.
In addition, there are six TCBY coupons included. The coupon sheet
is an easy way to save A LOT of money on great
food! Contact: Mrs. Rugg or Christine Torres (720-320-1405) to
purchase a coupon sheet.
Penny wars will begin the week of the 16th of February so dig
in to your penny jars and help a Berthoud Family in need!
Progressive Dinner is coming! Save the date of Saturday, February
28th for the Progressive Dinner. More details will be sent out soon!