Important Information for the 2020 – 2021 School Year

Important Information for the 2020 – 2021 School Year

Dear Bishop Kelly Families,

I hope that you are having a great summer so far! Here at Bishop Kelly we are working in collaboration with Central District Health to put together an exciting and innovative instructional plan to start the 2020 – 2021 school year. With your input we have developed a plan to meet the four goals that we set:

  1. Make the learning experience exceptional for all BK students and faculty & staff
  2. Build a plan that provides flexibility, adaptability and options for our students, faculty/staff and our school
  3. Keep our students, faculty/staff and community safe and healthy
  4. Engage our parents and community as partners to the overall learning experience of our students

While the main elements of the plan have been determined, there are still many details that will be outlined in an upcoming handbook. This handbook will help clarify new processes, procedures, and expectations, and will be made available to our BK community the first week of August. For now, we have an FAQ document that addresses many of the questions our parents, staff, and students raised in our Virtual Town Hall, in the parent survey, and in follow up discussions.

In addition, I want you to have all the information you’ll need for a successful start to the 2020 – 2021 school year at your finger tips.  In the drop-downs below you’ll find important dates for 2020 – 2021, dress code and Mass dress information, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) information, information about school pictures, school supplies, and so much more. Keep checking this page as information will be updated as we get closer to the start of the school year.

We are excited to have kids back on campus next month! Thank you for choosing Bishop Kelly High School for your sons and daughters, we hope that with all our preparations it will be a fantastic year!

Always learning,

Mike Caldwell,
Principal

Important Dates for Fall 2020

We started New Student Academy about 7 years ago as a way to help Freshmen and new students in other grade levels feel better prepared, confident, and supported in their first year of high school. Each year we learn and improve the Academy. Two years ago, we added a parent component to the Academy. While this is not a requirement, we encourage parents to attend our first Mass with the Freshmen Class and to stay behind for a few minutes for some parent information and for some Q &A.
This year, our New Student Academy will be held over two days. Half the class will come on Tuesday August 11th and the other half will come on Wednesday August 12th. No Freshmen will come on both days and we STRONGLY Encourage students to come specifically on the day they are assigned (See LINK Below for Assignments). Since each freshmen has already been assigned a “Freshmen Family” through our Challenger Program (see Challenger Blurb below), the students will be assigned a date for Freshmen Academy based on their family groups.
Freshmen Academy Agenda (Same Agenda Both Days)
8:00-8:20 – Parents will drop off students out front of the Main Building, then parents are encouraged to go around to the back of the school to the Carley Center for Freshmen Convocation and Mass.
8:30-9:30– Freshmen Convocation and Mass in Carley Center (Parents Encouraged to Attend on Assigned Date)
9:30-1:00 pm– Freshmen Academy (Rotations with Freshmen Families , Parents Excused)
1:15 pm – Parents Pick up Freshmen Students
FOR ALL NEW STUDENTS IN OTHER GRADE LEVELS
Wednesday August 12th- 1:00-2:30 pm

All new students in grades 10-12 are strongly encouraged to attend the New Student Orientation on Wednesday August 12th. The orientation will serve as a precursor to registration day on Monday August 17th with a focus on getting all new students oriented to the people, processes, procedures, and expectations of Bishop Kelly High School.

Monday August 17th is the first required day for all students. This year’s format will look different than past years. Each class will report at the designated time periods below and will report to specific locations based on their last name alpha group. It is extremely important that all students attend and are on time. As we get closer to this date, it may be determined that these meetings will be conducted virtually if necessary. Communication will be sent out the week prior if that is the case.
Seniors: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Class Meeting
Last Name A-G- Carley Center
Last Name H-O- Reg
Last Name P-Z- Cafeteria
Juniors: 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Class Meeting
Last Name A-G- Carley Center
Last Name H-O- Reg
Last Name P-Z- Cafeteria
Sophomores: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Class Meeting 
Last Name A-G- Carley Center
Last Name H-O- Reg
Last Name P-Z- Cafeteria
Freshmen: 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Last Name A-G- Carley Center
Last Name H-O- Reg
Last Name P-Z- Cafeteria

Freshmen and students in all other grade levels who are new to Bishop Kelly this year will have their school photos taken during New Student Academy on August 11th and 12th. All returning students will have their photos taken on the first day of school, Monday, August 17th. All students should be in regular Bishop Kelly dress code for school photos.

Back to School Info

Bishop Kelly’s dress code is intended to encourage modesty, cleanliness, neatness, and pride in one’s appearance and school community. It is our belief that students should respect each other for who they are, not for what they wear.

Click here for a full description of Bishop Kelly Dress Code, with photos!

Mass Dress Code

Days of All School Liturgies and other special occasions are designated dress-up days. These are school days where a more formal appearance is expected of students out of respect for the special purpose of the day. Sweatshirts are not to be worn. All students must stay in Mass Dress for the entire school day.


Male Students:

  • Oxford (button down), collared shirt (long or short sleeved) with the BK Crest; shirts must be tucked in.
  • Dress Slacks or Khaki/Dockers-style pants (No denim) black or khaki colored only.
    • Optional:
      • Tie
      • Sweater vest, cardigan, or blazer with the BK Crest may be worn over the oxford

Female Students:

  • A white oxford (button down) collared shirt (long or short sleeved) with the BK Crest. Shirts must be tucked in.
  • Dress Slacks or Khaki pants  (No denim.) black or khaki colored only, OR
  • Maxi /Midi (past the knee) skirt, black or khaki colored only.
    • Optional:
      • A sweater vest, cardigan, or blazer with a BK Crest may be worn over the oxford

Mass Dress items may be ordered from Educational Outfitters by using this Bishop Kelly specific link:
http://boise.educationaloutfitters.com

Your student will have seven classes each semester, and each class may have specific expectations for supplies needed. Other than basic supplies such as three ring binders, loose leaf paper, pens, and pencils, it is suggested that you wait until after your child receives the course syllabus during the first week of school to purchase any other school supplies other than a laptop. For information on laptop specifications and recommendations, please review our website on 1:1 Technology.

Students may obtain their free parking pass by visiting the Attendance Office beginning Monday, August 17th.

Breakfast Prices in the BK Cafe for 2020 – 2021
Student Price: $1.80
Adult Price: $2.60

Lunch Prices in the BK Cafe for 2020 – 2021
Student Price: $3.05
Adult Price:$4.10

A la carte items and salad bar are priced separately.

Bishop Kelly Students who meet certain criteria may qualify for free or reduced priced meals in the cafeteria. Information and application materials can be found HERE.

You can manage your student’s lunch account online!
Instructions on registering for My Payments Plus Online Payment System
Login to My Payments Plus

Bishop Kelly offers bus transportation to students who live in the Eagle, Nampa, and Meridian areas of the Treasure Valley.

CLICK HERE for more information about BK’s bus routes and pickup/drop off times.

CLICK HERE to download and print the Bus Registration Form.

Dear Parents,

Over the next few weeks I will be contacting many of you to request either new, or updated information regarding health care concerns and individual plans for students with medical conditions which may affect them at school. This includes food or insect allergies, diabetes, etc. It is important that I have this information, as we strive to provide the safest environment possible for your student.

In addition, if your student will be taking medication at school, please fill out this Authorization for Medication Administration and return it to school.

Thank you!

MaryLou Cunningham, BSN, NCSN, MHS
Coordinator, Saint Alphonsus School Health Program

Order your student’s yearbook before October 11th for the best price – $68.00. Prices increase throughout the school year, so order now and check it off of your to-do list.

Order Online at JostensYearbooks.com or call 1(877) 767-5217.

Academic Information for Fall 2020

Bishop Kelly High School is a 1:1 technology school, meaning each student at Bishop Kelly has their own personal electronic device. There are many options to choose from, however, there are certain minimum requirements that will allow enrollment in all classes and the best possible education experience.  Please read this list of technology requirements before your purchase a device for your student.

Financial assistance is available to assist families who need help purchasing a device for their student. Please fill out this Electronic Device Assistance Application and return it to the Bishop Kelly Business Office.

If you are new to BK or have a new computer, you must follow the instructions below to get your computer ready to access the BK Network. Please be sure your student performs this task before they get to BK with a new device. All steps can be completed at home at the website http://faculty.bk.org They are different based on what type of device your student has.

MAC USERS please watch this video

WINDOWS USERS please watch this video

Bishop Kelly uses a web based classroom management system that parents and students can access to check schedules and grades. This summer we are converting to a new system, called Infinite Campus.  We will be sending login information to all students and parents after August 11th.  Watch your inbox for an email from Infinite Campus about how to login for the first time.

Bishop Kelly counselors are implementing a new Alphabetic division for our classes of 2023 and 2024.

Freshmen Class (Class of 2024) Counselor Assignments:
Last Name A-F – Mrs. Haener
Last Name G-Mi – Mr. Kristensen
Last Name Mo-Z – Mrs. Kane

Sophomore Class (Class of 2023) Counselor Assignments:
Last Name A-F – Mrs. Haener
Last Name G-Mi – Mr. Kristensen
Last Name Mo-Z – Mrs. Kane

Junior Class (Class of 2022) Counselor Assignments:
Last Name A-G – Mrs. Haener
Last Name H-O – Mr. Kristensen
Last Name P-Z – Mrs. Kane

Senior Class (Class of 2021) Counselor Assignments:
Last Name A-G – Mrs. Haener
Last Name H-O – Mr. Kristensen
Last Name P-Z – Mrs. Kane

Ms. Klover is our new College and Career Counselor for all grade levels, and Jen Kurdy will continue to serve our entire student body as the Student Support Specialist.

Schedules will be viewable online on or after August 11th, watch for an email from Infinite Campus on how to login the first time. Freshmen will receive their schedules at Freshmen Academy. After that time, please note and communicate with your child that BK will only be able to accommodate absolutely necessary schedule changes so that we can maintain appropriate class sizes for physical distancing. Schedule changes will not be made based on preferences for one teacher over another. We work extremely hard in hiring and developing excellent teachers and although your child may like one teacher over another, we feel strongly that all of our teachers are more than qualified to teach the courses they are assigned. With that being said, our counselors will work hard to make the best schedule for each student and will make changes based only on bonafide academic needs, not based on teacher preferences.

Bishop Kelly Fall Sports

The Southern Idaho Conference Superintendents voted on June 25th to keep all 4A and 5A schools in Stage 4 of Governor Little’s Idaho Rebounds Plan, up to the start of the fall athletics season, which begins Monday, August 10th.

This plan also states that the “SIC and Idaho High School Activities Association will work diligently throughout the summer to create a conference plan for what fall athletic contests and practices will look like.”

Please click here to read the SIC plan, which impacts all summer camps, facility use, summer sports programs, etc.  And stay tuned for more information about fall sports.

Each Bishop Kelly Athlete must complete a Participation Permission Form each school year.  Additionally, BK Athletes must have a Sports Physical each school year.

Please click here and follow the steps to complete this annual requirement.

CROSS COUNTRY
Summer base training will run from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday, beginning Monday, June 22nd at Ann Morrison Park. The schedule for practice sites will be posted on the Cross Country Team page at www.bkathletics.org and Coach Shanahan will send them via email to parents, as well. The official first day of practice is Monday, August 10th, at 9:00 a.m. on the BK track. We will have a parent/athlete dinner meeting prior to the Jimmy Driscoll Invitational on Friday, August 28th at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. The first home meet will be the Jimmy Driscoll Meet on Saturday, August 29, 2020. Cross Country Camp at Pilgrim Cove in McCall will be on August 14-16th.  The team will leave at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 14th. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Shanahan at (208) 869-6218 or email at tshanahan@bk.org.

FOOTBALL
Football practice begins on Monday, August 10th. The season schedule is posted on the Varsity Football Team page at www.bkathletics.org.

SWIMMING
Please click THIS LINK  and complete the form to register for the upcoming swim season. You must complete this form in order to try out for the team. Please complete this form by July 17th

Tryouts begin August 10th at the Fairmont Pool. Practices will be every day from 5-7:30pm at Fairmont Pool.

Unfortunately we are not able to hold a full weekend retreat this year but we are working on plans for a day trip type retreat on August 15th. More details to come.

WATER POLO
Registration forms will be available at www.bkathletics.org, under “Water Polo”. For more information, please contact Sarah Hale at shale@bk.org.

GIRLS SOCCER
Starting July 6th – 29th there will be Open Play every Monday & Wednesday @ BK from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.. This will be an open-play format mixed with some fitness. Attendance is encouraged, but not mandatory. Players unable to attend should invest personal time running and training in preparation for tryouts. Contact Coach Lyons for additional programs if needed. Tryouts begin Monday, August 10th, from 6:15 a.m. – 7:15 a.m. @ the BK Track (Fitness Test, bring running shoes) and 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. @ BK Soccer Field. The final rosters will be announced the evening of Wednesday, August 12th. Team practices begin Thursday, August 13th. For more information and to get on the email list, please contact Meagan Lyons at mlyons@bk.org

BOYS SOCCER
Summer training is scheduled to begin on June 23rd, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. @ BK and run every Tuesday & Thursday from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. leading up to tryouts. This will be an open-play format mixed with some technical and fitness aspects. Attendance is encouraged, but not mandatory. Due to IDHSAA and SIC regulations these sessions will follow recommended procedures established by IDHSAA and the SIC. Players unable to attend should invest personal time running and training in preparation for tryouts. Contact Coach Vreeland for programs. Boys Preseason Soccer Camp will be held from July 27th – 30th, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at BK. Registration and payment need to be sent to Coach Vreeland.

Additional fitness programs: BK Summer Conditioning Class will begin June 15th and runs through July. More info can be found online or through Coach Vreeland. Tryouts begin on Monday, August 10th, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., and 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. The final rosters will be announced the evening of Wednesday, August 12th. Team practices begin Thursday, August 13th. For more information, please contact Coach Vreeland at jvreeland@bk.org.

VOLLEYBALL
Mandatory tryouts will be August 10th & 11th. Double Day practices will start on August 12th and continue until school begins. Please leave these days open, as this is when volleyball season begins.  GO KNIGHTS!!!! For questions, please email Coach Joline Armuth at jarmuth@bk.org.

The 16th Annual Jimmy Driscoll Fun Run is taking place at Bishop Kelly on Saturday, August 29th.  This is a fun way to encourage movement and exercise for your whole family AND it supports our Cross Country program at the same time.

Download this registration form and register today!

 INDIVIDUAL PRICES FOR 2020-2021 ALL HOME EVENTS (BOYS AND GIRLS) ARE:

ADULTS-                                                                                 $   6.00
STUDENTS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS WITH CARD            $   4.00
BK STUDENTS WITH ACTIVITY CARD                                 FREE
STUDENTS WITHOUT ACTIVITY CARD                               $   6.00
SENIOR CITIZENS                                                                 $   3.00
GRADE SCHOOL STUDENTS                                               $   3.00

SEASON PASSES PRICED PER FAMILY:

ALL SPORTS FAMILY PASS                                               $300.00
FOOTBALL (VAR, JV, FROSH)                                           $  85.00
VOLLEYBALL                                                                      $  85.00
SOCCER (BOYS and GIRLS)                                             $  85.00
BASKETBALL (BOYS and GIRLS)                                      $100.00
WRESTLING                                                                        $  70.00
BASEBALL                                                                           $100.00
SOFTBALL                                                                           $100.00

Just for Seniors

If you are using your own, independent photographer, Senior tux/drape pictures need to be submitted to the yearbook staff by NOVEMBER 30th.  Please give photographers THIS SPECIFICATION SHEET.  It contains the below information about size requirements and how pictures should be submitted.

Tux/Drape Picture:
Overall size to be printed in the book:  2 ½ W x 3 ½ H
Head size:  1 ½ H

Males:  Black Tux w/ bow tie (No earrings/beards)

Females:  Black Drape (PLEASE BE CERTAIN THAT DRAPE SHOWS IN THE PICTURE)

*The head must be 1 ½ inches high.  This is to insure uniformity of face sizes on the portrait pages. 

* Individuals must be facing-forward (no side-leaning over the shoulder photos)

No other digital photos, photocopies, scanned photos or Polaroid photos will be accepted.

Photos Submission Requirements:

  • Please submit photos through Email (send to dbainbridge@bk.org) and make sure the image is at least 300 dpi
  • Please save and send the picture with the student’s last name, first name format (Smith, Susie or Smith_Susie) and make sure it is a JPEG file.
  • Please submit the photo in COLOR.  We will change the photo to black and white.

*Photos must be submitted no later than the last day of November.  If a photo is submitted late or does not conform to the requested specifications, the senior’s picture might not be included in the yearbook.  Deadlines for completion of pages must be met with the publisher.

* No news is good news–if the yearbook staff is missing a student’s photo, we will contact you.  Please do not ask for photo confirmation.

Questions can be directed to Danielle Bainbridge, the Yearbook Adviser, at: dbainbridge@bk.org

DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 30TH

At this point, we are anticipating being able to offer a sitting for seniors to take a tux/drape picture at Bishop Kelly with Parker Portraits.  The cost is $10 for the sitting.  The date is October 14, 2020 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  This is a day with no scheduled classes, so students will need to sign up on a Google Form.  The link will be sent out starting in September and students must sign up by October 1st.  Time slots will be given to students in advance, and they will be determined by the order in which people are signed up.

A few weeks after the sitting, you will receive a proof sheet with two pose options to choose from.  If you don’t like either photo, you can certainly use your own photographer.  The only additional cost is if you decide to order photos.  Parker Portraits will submit the picture directly to Bishop Kelly.

If you would like to purchase a Senior Dedication Ad that goes in the yearbook, please see THIS FLIER from TheYearbookCompany.com. This is completely optional, but many seniors look forward to the nice personal notes from their family.  The price goes up the longer you wait to order one.  The final deadline is usually in January, and reminders will go out via BK Alive as it nears the deadline.  However, you can order early!

Senior quotes need to be submitted by November 30th.  Seniors will be submitting their quotes electronically through a Google Form, which will be sent to them in September.  They will be reminded of this after school starts this fall.