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Office Hours
BHS offices will be open from 8 am-noon and 1-3 pm daily, beginning Wednesday, July 30. Beginning with the first day of school on Thursday, August 14, the BHS offices will open 7:30 am-4:00 pm daily.

Countdown Clock

New Student Enrollment
BHS enrollment for students new to the district will be August 4-5. New students will need to complete an enrollment packet and provide proof of residency (e.g. electric or water bill), a birth certificate, social security card, and immunization records.

Incoming 9th Graders
--Tuesday, August 12 Orientation--
Incoming 9th graders will join us for Freshman Success Day from 1:00-5:00 p.m. We have a variety of activities planned to help incoming freshmen feel great about starting high school. There will be games, prizes, fun, and food during this action-packed afternoon. During this time, students will also reconnect with classmates, meet all their teachers, and meet the junior or senior who will serve as the student's mentor.
A Freshmen Parent Open House will be held the same day beginning at 5:00 p.m. come and go. Parents will pick up their student from Freshman Success Day and visit classrooms and meet with BHS teachers in an informal open house. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be provided. Important parent information will be shared in short meetings beginning at 5:00, 5:20, and 5:40 p.m. in the BHS commons.

Registration Day/School Pictures
All students must complete registration day on Thursday, August 7 in the BHS Commons between the hours of 7:00 am-3:00 pm come and go (expect to be here about 30-60 minutes). Each student will complete paperwork (some requiring parent signature), have school pictures, and receive locker assignments. Students must complete the registration process before receiving a printed schedule of classes.

BHS will send a mailing that includes the required paperwork on Friday, August 1. Please watch your mailbox for this important information.

If a student is unable to attend registration day, he or she will need to bring the completed paperwork to the BHS attendance office prior to the start of school on August 14. In order to receive a printed schedule of classes, all paperwork must be completed.

Required Forms Registration Day
Completing the following forms in advance to bring with you to Registration Day will save you time!

Registration Day/Handbook Form
Health Information Form

Drug Testing Consent Form (if not previously submitted in high school)
Parking Form (if applicable)

Parking Passes
Student parking registration will also be completed during registration day. The fee to receive a parking permit is $20.00. Eligible students must have their driver’s license, proof of insurance, and completed drug testing consent form in order to apply for a parking permit. Choice of parking spots will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Unless a student has pre-registered in June, the actual parking pass will be available at a later date.

Athletic Practices
Monday, August 4 is the first day of fall sports practices. All student athletes must complete the following prior to the first practice: physical, proof of insurance, drug testing consent form, athletic handbook form signed, activity fee paid, and attend mandatory athlete/parent meeting. After completing these requirements, each athlete will obtain a practice pass from the AD's office that will allow participation in practices.

The mandatory meeting for athletes and parents will be held Sunday, August 3 at 5:00 pm in the BHS auditorium.

Athletic Forms

Middle school activity fees can be paid at the middle school office and high school activity fees need to be paid to Mr. Schrader, Bolivar R-1 Activities Director. Middle school activity fees are $30.00 per year and the high school activity fee is $50.00 per year. ALL ACTIVITY FEES MUST BE PAID before the first practice. Checks are payable to Bolivar Schools.

School Start
First day of school is Thursday, August 14. BHS classes start at 8:10 am and end at 3:00 pm.

Thursday, August 14 classes 1, 3, 5, and 7 will meet.
Friday, August 15 classes 2, 4, 6, and 8 will meet.

Student Planners
The official student planner and handbook is available during registration for students who would like to purchase one for $3.00. The student handbook is also available for viewing online.

School Supplies
Students will need a notebook and pencil/pen for the first day of classes. Teachers will disclose other needed supplies in their class syllabus.

Random Student Drug Testing
All students in grades 7-12 who participate in any co-curricular or extra-curricular activity are required to consent to random drug testing. In addition, students applying for a parking permit are required to consent to random drug testing, and possess a driver’s license and proof of insurance. All students who have participated in the program previously at Bolivar High School will not be required to submit another form. All incoming 9th graders who will participate need to submit a consent form.

The Bolivar R-1 Random Drug Testing documents are available for download:
Student Drug Testing Policy
Student Drug Testing Procedures

MSHSAA Summertime Dead Periods

Bolivar School District has set its MSHSAA required summertime dead periods for 2014 for the following dates:

Activities MSHSAA Dead Period will be Saturday June 14th - Sunday June 22nd.


Athletics MSHSAA Dead Period will be Saturday July 26th-Sunday August 3rd.

The dead period is a “no school activities time”; no open gyms, competitions, practices, conditioning, weight training; no activity-related functions or fundraisers, camps or clinics at school facilities or sponsored elsewhere by the school; no coaches/directors or students may have planned contact other than casual, normal community, non-activity contact. While there may be sports activities during this time, they must not involve the school coach, the school or school facilities.

Governor Jay Nixon spoke at BHS National Blue Ribbon Schools celebration
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon congratulated Bolivar High School students, teachers, and the community at large for the school's recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School. Governor Nixon is shown with top BHS student leaders.

BHS is officially a National Blue Ribbon School
Bolivar High School was officially named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School in a press release from the U.S. Department of Education. The school was recognized for "Exemplary High Performance" and was one of 286 schools selected nationwide.

The school learned of its nomination for the award last year from Missouri Commissioner of Education Dr. Chris Nicastro. Eight schools were nominated from Missouri. Nominated schools were invited to submit an application and meet other criteria to qualify for the national recognition.

As a recognized school, BHS will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 18-19. Founded in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' academic achievement. A National Blue Ribbon Schools flag overhead has become a mark of excellence in education recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities. Since the program's founding, the U. S. Department of Education has bestowed this coveted award on more than 7,000 of America's schools.

Bolivar HS named 5-Star Leadership School

BHS has been named a 5-Star Leadership School by MSHSAA, the highest honor a school can receive from the state organization for leadership in the values of participation, sportsmanship, team play, excellence, citizenship, and community.

Only 20 schools in Missouri qualified for the honor this year. To meet the qualifications, there were a number of extra activities. For example, Bolivar coaches participated in the Champions of Character training, and coaches and student-athletes attended the state sportsmanship summit in August.

We are so proud of our student-athletes, parents, and coaches who helped our school community receive this distinction!

BHS honored as 2013 Gold Star School
Eight high-achieving public schools were named Gold Star Schools by Missouri education officials today.

The Gold Star Schools program is designed to identify schools that are performing at a high level academically or who are making exceptional progress while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students.

The 2013 recipients are:

    • Bolivar High School, Bolivar R-I School District
    • Brentwood High School, Brentwood School District
    • Lee's Summit West High School, Lee's Summit R-VII School District
    • Nixa High School, Nixa R-II School District
    • Sappington Elementary School, Lindbergh Schools, St. Louis
    • Spokane High School, Spokane R-VII School District, Highlandville
    • Willow Springs High School, Willow Springs R-IV School District
    • W.W. Keysor Elementary School, Kirkwood R-VII School District

“Congratulations to these schools on preparing students for college and career,” said Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro. “College- and career-readiness is fundamental for today’s students and lays the foundation for lifelong success.”

College- and career-readiness is a primary goal for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Top 10 by 20 initiative, which calls for education in Missouri to rank in the top 10 nationwide by 2020.

The Gold Star Schools program was established by the Department in 1991 and aligns with the national Blue Ribbon Schools program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Recipients of the state’s award were nominated for national Blue Ribbon recognition. Blue Ribbon Schools will be announced this fall by the U.S. Department of Education.

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