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Southern Hills Middle School
 

1500 Knox Drive
Boulder, CO 80305
Phone: 720-561-3400
Fax: 720-561-3401
Attendance: 720-561-3402
Website: bvsd.org/schools/southernhills

Daily Schedule: 8:40-3:30
Enrollment (FTE):  537
Funded Headcount:  537
Student/Teacher Ratio: 18.5/1
Principal:  Terry Gillach

Southern Hills Middle School

 

 

 About Our School

 
Points of Pride
  • Southern Hills M.S. prides itself on challenging all students to achieve their academic, physical and creative potential through a rigorous, varied curriculum.
  • Southern Hills M.S. prides itself on communicating with students and parents through a daily homework/announcement e-mail and principal messages.
  • Southern Hills M.S. is proud to have advanced SmartBoard technology in every classroom along with a growing use of the Clicker assessment system and the use of mobile technology.
  • We are proud to be a leader in RTI and Positive Behavior Support, with an engaged faculty who meets the needs of any student through our Student Support.

Academic Goals
Southern Hills M.S. growth targets will focus on two different subpopulations for the 2013 - 14 school year.  Special Education students and students in the Free and Reduced Lunch program will be targeted in the areas of Reading, Writing and Math.  Our goal is to improve reading, proficiency for all students at all grade levels.  Specific instructional strategies, which are applicable for all students, will be used in the classroom to address the specific needs of these two groups of students.  In addition, teachers will be receiving ongoing professional development throughout the school year to help them improve their differentiation of both formative and summative assessments.

School Profile
Southern Hills Middle School has a distinguished tradition of high academic standards and outstanding student achievement. We take great pride in providing students a solid foundation of academic excellence, a caring and nurturing environment, and a place rich in personal relationships. We value creativity and growth, friends and laughter, and most importantly, mastery learning. A John Irwin School of Excellence, SHMS students excel in every facet of academic achievement.

This is a school that benefits from a dedicated and gifted staff. Faculty members have distinguished themselves on a local and state level with numerous awards and acknowledgements. Southern Hills also depends a great deal on a very supportive parent community with marvelous volunteers and stellar home-school communication. Survey results from our parent community indicate a very high level of satisfaction with our school and with student achievement.

SHMS students are among the best in Colorado as evidenced by a number of categories. In addition to very high test scores, students have been recognized for outstanding achievement in local, state, and national competitions in science, history, math, and music. Students have at their disposal a wide range of curricular offerings in addition to the rigors of the traditional core program. Moreover, we offer accelerated and honors classes in math, language arts and foreign language. The school has an outstanding safety record and receives the highest marks from surveyed parents when compared to other middle schools in the Boulder Valley School District.

Finally, Southern Hills is a welcoming environment and we encourage parents to learn more about the school with a short visit, a phone inquiry, or a tour of our web site. We take great pride in our school and love to talk about it!
 

 School Mission and Vision

 

Mission: Providing students with challenges and opportunities for success.


Core Beliefs: 1) every student wants to learn, every student can learn, 2) every student deserves a safe environment, 3) every student should have the opportunity to reach his/her academic, emotional, physical, and creative potential, 4) diversity must be honored, 5) accomplishment promotes self-esteem, and 6) education should provide the tools and skills to prepare students for life’s challenges.


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