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Link crew orientation in stands of gym LINK CREW WELCOMES FRESHMEN AUGUST 22

Freshmen Orientation is set for Wednesday, August 22 from 8 AM until 12:15 in the gymnasium.  The Link  Crew orientation and transition program is designed to both welcome and support incoming freshmen by assigning them a junior or senior Link Leader as a mentor during their first year.  

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New School Zone Safety Lights have been installed on Glenwood Avenue between Glenwood Jr. High and the High School.  This was a collaborative effort between the Mahoning County Engineers Office, Boardman Township and Boardman Schools.  Safety is our primary goal for our students, staff, ad community and these lights will help remind drivers and enforce speed limits.

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silver medal high school award OHIO TOP 100 SILVER MEDAL HIGH SCHOOL

Boardman High School has once again made Ohio's Silver Medal List, according to US News and World Report.  At #95, it is the only Mahoning County High School in the top 100.  There are more than 600 public school districts in the State of Ohio.

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Principal's Message

Cindy Fernback

Happy November, Spartan Nation! 


It’s hard to believe that we have concluded our first nine weeks and are headed into the second nine weeks and the busy holiday season.   During the first nine weeks, many wonderful events took place at Boardman High School. 


We celebrated our 5th Annual YES Fest on Friday, October 20, 2017.  This year, we ventured in a slightly different direction for the first time by hiring a speaker who was not homegrown.  We invited Nick Scott to be our only speaker.  He is a disabled professional bodybuilder champion, a wheelchair ballroom dance champion, and an inspiring motivational speaker.  The students absolutely loved his speech, and the enthusiasm for him was the greatest our YES Fest has ever seen.  He encouraged our kids to be their true authentic selves, to develop a clear vision of what they wanted to create in their lives, and to be empowered with a positive mindset—regardless of the difficult circumstances or situations in which they find themselves.  This message of embracing the positive is the cornerstone of our YES Fest and a perfect introduction to the Community Festival that we have in our gymnasium immediately after the speech.  In that festival, we had over 50 community agencies join us and share their mission with our students.  Not only that, but the students were encouraged and challenged to sign up with one of those agencies to become a young volunteer.  We truly believe that just saying no to drugs is an incomplete message.  It needs to be paired with encouragement to invite more positive activities into our lives.  We hope our students find a charity that speaks to their hearts, and they make the commitment to give of their time.  Boardman is an amazing community, and connecting our kids to this great community in a spirit of service is a valuable gift—for our kids and for our community. 


Carrying that message of community service through our entire school year is our Emerging Leaders group, under the advisement of English teacher, Mrs. Safarek.  This club meets year-round and truly transforms the idea of service into the action of volunteering—turning the “talk” into the “walk”.    Each month, students meet for a lesson on leadership, or a presentation from a community leader.  Then, the students, along with building and district staff, venture out into the community on a Saturday to do some hands-on volunteering.  In September, a group of 35 students and staff took part in The United Way Day of Caring, and spent their free-time cleaning up a neighborhood on the East Side of Youngstown.  In October, a group of about 20 students and staff spent a Saturday volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.  This group of young volunteers learned how to put down a laminate floor, sand drywall, and prime and paint a new build in Boardman.  There are many more activities planned for the school year, so please encourage your student to get involved!!


Homecoming 2017 was an enormous success, with nearly 700 students attending and taking part in the festivities.  The theme this year was “Fall Ball” and the decorations were beautiful autumn mums, corn stocks, and pumpkins.  Our advisor, Mrs. Matiste, did an outstanding job organizing this large event.  The students looked stunning, and they behaved just as we expect them to as young adults.  A big thanks to all who helped make Homecoming 2017 an incredible success.


Looking forward, we will have our first conference night of the school year on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, from 3:15-8:45.  Conference night is an excellent opportunity for parents and teachers to communicate directly.  Nothing is more beneficial than direct communication, and this face-to-face meeting is just that opportunity.  Please call and schedule a conference with your child’s teachers.  You may call 330-758-7511, ext. 61010, to schedule your conference through Friday, November 17, 2017.


Finally, I want to wish all of you a very peaceful, love-filled Thanksgiving holiday.  I hope you enjoy the gift of family and delicious food.  I hope your homes are filled with joy, laughter, and love.  And always, I am grateful for all that you parents do for our school all of the time.


In sincere thanksgiving,

Cynthia M. Fernback

Principal BHS

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