By Jim Smith
Wow! It’s hard to believe but the 4 th quarter of the school year has now begun. That also means spring is right around the corner. For our seniors, this is your last quarter and graduation is a mere two months away. For juniors and seniors, Prom is on April 29. Lots of events and competitions to finish the 2016-2017 school year.
Spring is also testing season which really is the culmination of our academic efforts since the beginning of the school year. This means another round of new tests for grades 3 through 8 and a second year of end of course exams for our high school students. These are important tests from a student’s perspective as well as the school and district. For our high school students, it’s important to pass the end of course exams to accumulate enough points to graduate. For our third graders, passing the 3 rd grade reading test means passage onto the 4 th grade. The stakes are high.
Switching subjects, I would remiss if I didn’t take time to congratulate the outstanding achievement of our middle school robotics team. They finished first in the state! They now go on to world competition in Louisville, KY in April. Congrats to our students and Mr. Crowder and Mr. Amore for an outstanding job representing Hillsboro schools in their competitions. And good luck at the world competition.
Another team that competed well was our high school boys bowling team. They came in second in the state in recent competition losing to St. Mary in the finals. Last year, the boys finished in the top ten. This year number two. Next year? Congratulations bowlers and Coaches Jeff Miller and Shane Ison who were ably assisted by volunteers Kathy Rhoades and Jaxsun Miller. Great job boys!
Finally, two Hillsboro athletes competed in indoor track. Jeremy Hayton finished 1 st in the state in the high jump. Austin Goolsby finished 3 rd in both the long jump and pole vaulting. Sophomore Lane Cluff represented Hillsboro at the state wrestling championship as a heavyweight. Congratulations to all our winter athletes, their families and our coaches.
March ends and April begins with the spring musical, “Les Miserables”. This is the blockbuster that dominated Broadway for many years. Students from all our buildings are in the cast. Les Mis has over forty songs. Quite an undertaking. Don’t miss this one. March 31 and April 1 play times are 7:00. The matinee on April 2 is at 3:00.
Thanks to everyone for their support of Hillsboro schools!