Spread the Word to End the Word By Paula Pederson, Superintendent

If you were to walk down the halls of our Hillsboro School or be on the playground at recess time it wouldn’t take you very long before you heard the word, “retard” being said. Our Hillsboro teaching staff does their best to get our students to use appropriate language in the school setting. We remind our students not to say “gay”, “faggot”, “retard”, curse words and many more phrases that are hurtful or inappropriate. At home I am telling my kids the same things. Kids are kids, but as parents we can raise our expectations.

On March 21st it is World Down Syndrome Day. The significance of this date (3/21) represents the 3 copies of chromosome 21, which is unique to people with Down syndrome. The aim of World Down Syndrome Day is to promote awareness and understanding, to achieve dignity, equal rights and a better life for people with Down syndrome everywhere.  It is time we Spread the Word to End the Word™ and build awareness for society to stop and think about its use of the R-word. That R-word is something hurtful and painful. This word affects millions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and friends.

By casually using the word “retarded” to refer to an action as less than ideal, you are making someone with an intellectual disability feel less than human – whether you mean to or not. Let’s make it stop.  Visit the webpage www.r-word.org for more information.

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, I am asking you to read this column to your own children and expect them to use a kinder vocabulary by eliminating the use of the R-word.

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Extra-curricular Cost Comparisons at HPS – February 23, 2011

In a recent article in the Fargo Forum the writer compared the Fargo Area Schools with their cost of extra-curricular activity costs. I thought I would share with you the cost of our programs at Hillsboro Public Schools.

Last year the school district spent a total of $247,627.90 on extracurricular activities. This includes all of your athletics, music, drama, speech, FBLA, FFA, FCCLA, Yearbook, Tech Club, Science, National Honor Society, Student Council, Homecoming and Prom. Here are the top 8 most expensive activities at HPS (transportation is not included):

$20,906.14 Football
$18,434.04 Volleyball
$14,718.42   Wrestling
$14,235.93 Track
$12,320.86 BBB
$10,399.98 GBB
$ 9,836.39   Band/Vocal
$ 9,418.88   Golf

Expenditures for these activities include coaching salaries, equipment and other expenses incurred. Revenue for these activities includes gate receipts, participation fees ($20 per sport/family maximum is $120), activity tickets and donations.

Extracurricular activities allow our students to participate competitively with their peers. These activities provide valuable life lessons in teamwork, poise and character that academics may not.

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Happy New Year Everyone!

My New Year’s Resolutions for students in our Hillsboro Public School:

  1. Be kind. Follow the golden rule. Do unto others as you would want done to you. You will get far in life with this behavior.
  2. Be a good friend. Doing what is popular doesn’t always mean it is the right thing to do. 
  3. Use your manners. Parents, you and your children can practice these at home daily. What we model at home carries over to the school. There is nothing more impressive than a student with good manners.
  4. Be punctual to school, class and practice. Being on time allows you to mentally and physically prepare you for the work ahead. 
  5. Turn in quality work on your assignments. In our school if you don’t get a 70 percent you will have to redo the assignment. Why would you want to waste that time when you could be doing something else? Get it done right the first time. If you don’t know how to do something, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  6. Get plenty of rest. I ask that you, parents, monitor your child’s TV, gaming, and computer time so they are not overstimulated before bed.
  7. Eat well and stay away from too much caffeine and carb loading. Get your mind healthy with nutrients by eating a lot of fruits and veggies.
  8. Work hard…which allows you to then play hard. 
  9. Do your best. Don’t worry if anyone is watching. If you put forth all of your effort you will come out ahead all of the time.
  10. Help out in the community…be a volunteer.
  11. Dress respectfully. In warm weather please hide exposed skin. In the winter dress warm so that you are safe in our cold weather and on the road.

Let’s have a great remaining school year! Supt. Paula Pederson

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Parent-Teacher Conferences TONIGHT 3:45-9:45PM

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians,

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on one night this fall. Tonight’s the night (Thursday, November 4th). Please stop in to visit with your child’s teacher and to pick up your child’s report card and NWEA reports. This is also a great night to pay your lunch and activity fees.

At the elementary school we will have a display of Burro clothing for you to look at and you will be able to place an order. These items will all be in before the holidays. At the high school we have a few shirts/t-shirts/sweatshirts with the Hillsboro H that are for sale and you can take them home after paying. What a deal!

See you all there tonight!
Mrs. P. Pederson

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Hillsboro Hospitality Commercial just posted!

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The Hometown Aditude and local marketing groups in Hillsboro have been busy on our second Hillsboro commercial. Great job to Beth & Teran at Hometown Aditude and Corey of Subzero Publications!

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Hillsboro Juniors ACT Scores Above the State Average

Written for the Hillsboro Banner – sponsored by Halstad Telephone Co.

The ACT test measures a student’s ability to handle college classes in English, math, reading and science.

Last year, due to House Bill 1400, all juniors in North Dakota were required to take the ACT or WorkKeys test. Last spring, 37 juniors at the Hillsboro High School took the ACT college entrance exam. Students not heading to a traditional four-year college have the opportunity to take a WorkKeys test.

Eleven of the thirty-seven Hillsboro juniors scored above the required state funded college scholarship score of 24. A 36 is considered a perfect score.

  • In English, 62% of Hillsboro juniors met the college readiness; the state average was 58%.
  • In math, 51% of Hillsboro juniors met the college readiness; the state average was 39%.
  • In reading, 57% of Hillsboro juniors met the college readiness; the state average was 43%.
  • In science, 30% of Hillsboro juniors met college readiness; the state average was 23%.

Twenty-seven of our students tested college ready. The composite ACT score for Hillsboro juniors, which is all categories combined, was 21.2, with the state avg. of 20.1. The ethnic background of the 37 juniors who tested was 89% white, 3% Hispanic, and 8% other. This spring, 27 juniors are projected to take the ACT exam or WorkKeys test.

Research shows that if students are participating in the required core classes of English, math and science the outcome of their ACT score is higher than those taking more elective classes. The goal of our administration and teachers is to achieve mastery in the core classes at Hillsboro High School so our students can be successful in their college endeavor.

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Welcome to Hillsboro School!

The Hillsboro Public School District #9 has a proud tradition of excellence and is committed to providing a quality educational experience for each of our students. We have paired small class sizes with an experienced, highly qualified teaching staff to create the best possible learning environment for all our students.

In an attempt to accommodate the busy lifestyle of today’s families, the Hillsboro School District provides bus transportation within the city of Hillsboro. We pick up and drop off children at many different daycare stops and neighborhood drops each day. We also offer a before school breakfast program and an after school homework club for students in grades 2-6.

We also are proud to offer a wide variety of curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students to expand their interests in fine arts, technology, foreign language, physical education, and an array of vocational offerings including agriculture, business and office technology, and health careers. Distance learning technology also provides opportunities for Hillsboro students to access a further expanded curriculum and college level courses through North Dakota University System institutions and the Dual Credit program.

Both the Hillsboro High School & Hillsboro Elementary School are fully accredited by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.

Let me know how we can be of service to you and your family.
Have a great school day.
Mrs. Pederson

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