Class of 2025

FAQ's

Contact Information

Who do I contact for help? BHS functions on a House system.  We have a team of people who only work with freshmen.

Assistant Principal: Mr. Jerad Beckler
School Counselor: Mr. Alton Rollerson
Social Worker: Mr. Sebastian Oros
School Psychologist: Ms. Lauren Nelson
Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Dale Krypel

Events

Will there be a freshman orientation event? Our typical January event (parent session, student session, athletic/activity fair) will be moved to a virtual platform.  Information about this event can be found in the “Important Dates” section on this webpage.  We hope to hold a more traditional orientation event in August 2021.

Course Placements

What is the difference between College Prep, Honors and Advanced Placement courses? 

College Prep These are courses that provide instruction to develop skills in reading, reasoning, higher level thinking, computation, laboratory science, and foreign language. They ready students for university and college work, as well as other post-secondary options.
Honors (H) These are courses that demand high levels of cognitive and problem-solving processes and independent work. A rigorous instructional pace allows for both curricular depth and enrichment. They prepare students for university and college work, as well as future study in Advanced Placement courses.
  • 50% increase in information covered
  • Increased depth and topics covered
  • Increased speed
  • Increased expectations for memorization 
Advanced Placement (AP) These are highly challenging courses with expectations that students will work independently and demonstrate high levels of critical and analytical thinking, reading, and writing. The textbooks and materials used are above grade level or at college level. The goal of the course is to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement exam; which may permit a student to receive college credit and/or placement. Beginning in 2016, all Illinois public universities and community colleges must award  college credit to students with an AP exam score of 3 or higher.
  • 75%-100% increase in information presented
  • Increased depth and topics covered
  • Increased speed 
  • Higher levels of expectations for memorization of raw facts 

 

What standardized test scores are used to determine course placement for incoming Freshmen at BHS?  We currently use the MAP test.  We look at the student’s average from their last 4 administrations.

What are the acceptable MAP scores required for placement in each Math course offered?  For Honors math placements we are looking for an average of 90th percentile or greater.

How is teacher recommendation collected and evaluated?  BHS Admin reviews the student’s MAP data and current grades and makes an initial placement which is shared with the RMS 8th grade team to review.  Teachers at RMS share additional feedback on the student and let BHS know if they believe the placement is accurate.  BHS then incorporates that feedback into a revised recommendation for the student.

What prior achievement data is reviewed?  And what level of achievement is required for placement in each Math course offered for Freshman students?  BHS is looking for students in Algebra or Intermediate Algebra to be earning A’s or at the lowest a very strong/high B when considering an Honors placement.  Outside of that range, students have historically not performed well in Honors classes at BHS.  When the grade is questionable or borderline, BHS looks deeper at details such as test or quiz averages, with additional weight given to summative/cumulative exams.

High School Schedule

What is the block schedule? Students take a total of 8 credits in a school year.  Most classes are a semester (about 18 weeks) long.  Some classes are term (about 9 weeks) and some classes are year-long.  Students have four, 90 minute classes per day.

How many classes do we request? Incoming freshmen will request three credits (five credits are made up of social studies, math, English, PE/Health, and science).  Here are the courses that freshmen can request.

Course Requests

How do music classes work? Students will request their music classes (band, choir, orchestra) during the course request process.  This is a total of 1 credit (out of the three potential elective credits).  Students will be enrolled in their music class every other day for the full year.  Music classes typically are balanced with an every other day PE course.

Are World Languages courses required? World Language courses (Spanish, French, or Latin) are not required for graduation from BHS.  Many colleges and universities do have these requirements.

Please contact the freshman house assistant principal Jerad.Beckler@bps101.net with any questions or concerns.

Important Dates

Welcome Letter From BHS Principal, Dr. JoAnne Smith

Important Dates – Mark your Calendars
December 9th 7:30 am – 8:15 am Virtual Q & A for Non-RMS Students and Parents
December 16th 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Facebook Live For Incoming 9th Grade Parents 
January 7th Link to follow Class of 2025 Parent Orientation
Spring 2021 TBD Incoming Freshman Night
January 8th 8:00 am PowerSchool Portal Opens for Course Requests
January 14th 8:00 am – 8:30 am Facebook Live For Incoming 9th Grade Parents 
January 22nd PowerSchool Portal Closes for Course Requests
Summer 2021 N/A Pay registration fees online
August 2021 TBD Frosh Fest 2021

 

Questions? Contact Freshman Assistant Principal, Mr. Jerad Beckler.

Course Requests

Current Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors will receive an email between January 4th and January 6th with course placements in Science, Social Studies, Math and English for the 2021-2022 school year.

Incoming Freshmen (Class of 2025) will receive an email between January 4th and January 6th.  Freshman course placements (Science, Social Studies, Math and English) were determined by considering the following factors: college readiness skill-level as indicated by your child’s score ranges on MAP tests, current 8th grade course placements, historical data trends and 8th grade teacher review of recommended placements.

All Parents will use their parent login to request courses for the 2020-2021 school year in the PowerSchool PortalThe portal opens on January 8, 2021 and closes on January 22, 2021.

Freshman Course Selection Guide

2020-2021 Course Catalog

2021-2022 Course Catalog (Coming Soon!)

Course Appeal/Placement Change (Coming Soon!)

Miscellaneous Course Request Information

  • When selecting electives, your alternate selections MUST be different.  Selecting the same course does not increase your chance of enrollment.
  • If your son or daughter has an IEP, please be advised that final decisions will be made at their annual review. However, your student must still enter the portal to select courses, especially PE and electives. Failure to do this could result in your student not securing a spot in an elective course.
  • NCAA Athletics (for potential collegiate athletes – see your counselor for more information)
  • Career Clusters

Non-RMS Families

This event is targeted for families who did not attend Rotolo Middle School. We will give an overview of the registration process as well as answer any questions that you may have. Click here to sign up for this event that is taking place from 8:00-8:45 AM on Wednesday, December 9th.

Advice from Your Freshman Counselor

  • Explore student organizations, athletics, band, choir, and clubs at BHS. It will help you form a supportive group of friends with similar interests, improve your leadership skills, and start building a resume for your college applications.  Click here for further information on these opportunities.
  • Keep an eye on upcoming events, grading periods, and announcements and write important dates in your google calendar or personal planner. Teachers and counselors send emails to your school account, so please check your email. Pay attention to morning announcements.
  • Become involved in your community by volunteering.  Volunteering experience will make your college resume shine.  It exposes you to different careers and broadens your horizons.
  • Set goals, plan and be organized.  Understand the attendance, grading, and tardy policies. 
  • Be sure to plan out your four-year plan. Mr. Rollerson, the freshman counselor, will introduce you to the Naviance Course Planner your freshman year. Take rigorous classes that challenge you and bring out your best.
  • Ask for help! Find out what tutoring or extra help is offered for academics: your teachers, BHS Tutoring Center, counselors, and others.
  • Everything counts now! Your courses now earn credits. BHS has specific grade level requirements that students must meet in order to advance to the next grade.  Freshman grades are part of your high school grade point average (GPA). GPA is important because colleges and employers will reference it in their selection.
  • Class Success at BHS: Participate in class, ask questions, volunteer answers and participate in discussions.  Know your teachers. Does your teacher give points for participating or is a certain teacher strict about rules? Come to class with your homework done. Ask for help.  Our teachers at BHS are happy to help you but you have to ask.
  • Know how to get good grades at BHS. Be organized. Use a planner or your phone to plan your day. Manage your time well. To be successful in class, always do homework, be in class daily and participate. Take good notes, pay attention to your teachers, and listen to what they are saying.  Study smart: break large assignments into smaller parts. 

Questions?  Contact Freshman Counselor, Mr. Alton Rollerson.

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