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This is the time of year when we start planning the master schedule for next year. For 2012-2013 we will be examining course offerings and the school year calendar to maximize efficiency. Please take a few minutes to reply to the brief Calendar Survey that appears later in this Newsletter. Your input will help the District decide if, and where, to trim contact days from the academic calendar.
In terms of course offerings for 2012- 2013, we will need to make changes to bring our budget within state and district projections. The Board of Education will be discussing the budget in December and January, and those meetings are open to the public. With their guidance, we will need to eliminate some classes, combine others, and put some on rotations of every other year. We will also be examining graduation requirements, which follows Colorado Department of Education expectations to formalize these across the state.
For 2012-2013, we will no longer offer French and German as foreign language programs at BMHS. Students currently enrolled in these programs will be afforded the opportunity to continue via online, independent study options. Our foreign language department will focus on Spanish and Mandarin Chinese in coming years. More classes and programs will be evaluated in the next few months to determine viability as we move forward.
It saddens me that we will need to reduce course offerings, but the current financial situation dictates drastic measures. In defining our academic program, our guiding values will be:
These decisions should not diminish the great work of our students, teachers and coaches. Fall sports brought league titles, winning records and numerous state and league awards, and we hope for the same from Winter sports. We continue to enjoy a vibrant arts program as evidenced by our most recent Madrigal Dinner. We will strive to keep BMHS a well-rounded facility for all our students and ask for your support and understanding as we make these difficult decisions.