April 5: Garfield Elementary School will host the STEM+C Airplane Design Final Competition from 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Event is sponsored by Boise State University, National Science Foundation, Boise Parks and Recreation Department and Boise School District. Garfield School community is invited to attend. Learn more...
April 5: Trail Wind Elementary School presents its First Annual STEM Night, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Children attending must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Learn more...
April 7: Borah High School Choir will hold a Yard Sale at the school's auditorium from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit the school's choir program. Borah is located at 6001. W. Cassia in Boise.
April 8: College Fair, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Boise State University, Student Union Building, 2nd Floor, Simplot Ballroom, 1700 University Drive, Boise, ID, sponsored by Pacific Northwest Association for Collge Admission Counseling. Nearly 50 colleges and universities represented. PNACAC fairs are free and open to the public. No fee is necessary for students, family members or guidance counselors to attend. Students attending the Boise, Seattle and Portland fairs are encouraged to visit www.gotocollegefairs.com prior to the fair. After entering their information on the website, students can print a barcode that can be scanned by the college representatives of their choice. Put an end to filling out info cards at every table! Learn more...
April 9: C-SPAN’s state-of-the-art, 45-foot customized motor coach is traveling to Boise and Meridian on April 9th and 10th as part of C-SPAN’s "50 Capitals Tour." Partnering with Cable One to engage teachers, students, community members and elected officials through interactive demonstrations of C-SPAN's multiplatform public service resources, the C-SPAN Bus will welcome visitors at events over two days. 

While in Boise on April 9th, C-SPAN will also recognize local students at Capital High School for their winning StudentCam video documentaries. Each year, since 2006, C-SPAN partners with local cable providers in communities nationwide to invite middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) to produce short documentaries on a subject of national importance. This year, students addressed the theme, “The Constitution & You: Choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it's important to you." 

In response, C-SPAN received a record of 2,985 video submissions from over 5,700 students in 46 states and Washington, D.C. One hundred fifty students and 53 teacher prizes were awarded, totaling $100,000 in prize money. Visit www.studentcam.org to watch all the winning videos for 2018.

On Monday, April 9th, from 11:15 .m. to 12:30 p.m., Capital High (8055 W. Goddard Rd., Boise) will host an assembly to honor the following winning students:

  • May Zhen and Paton Liquin, 12th grade - First Prize and $3,000 for a video on prison reform
  • Petie Schill and Grace McGrorty, 12th grade - Second Prize and $1,500 for a video on refugees
  • Erika Pishl and Corrie Hay, 12th grade -Honorable Mention and $250 for a video on homeless criminalization     
April 9: 2018 Valley Visions Celebration Reception and Gallery Stroll, 6:30 p.m., McCLeary Auditorium, St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, 1055 N. Curtis Rd., Boise. Valley Visions is an annual publication featuring a collection of student writings and art work that has become a popular publication with students and parents alike.  Local news media representatives are invited to cover this event.
April 10:  13th Annual Boise Rotary Century Scholars Program, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Boise State University, Jordan Ballroom, honoring Boise's top 100 graduating seniors. During the evening, an invited audience of hundreds will gather to applaud the accomplishments of the top 100 graduating seniors, the Century Scholars, from Boise's public and non-public high schools. High achieving students from Bishop Kelly, Boise, Borah, Capital, Frank Church, Riverstone, Sage and Timberline high schools will be profiled and honored by family, friends and representatives of our community's business, government, civic, education and service sectors.

Each student being recognized has substantially exceeded the minimum program grade point average requirement of 3.75 and represents the best in music, the arts, service to community, athletics and academics in each of our high schools. Our honorees also serve as role models for younger siblings and other students throughout Boise who look to them for leadership and guidance.

In addition to the 100 Boise Rotary Century Scholars being recognized, every student will be accompanied by an educator they have selected as having significant influence on their academic development during their school career. These influential teachers and counselors represent the many talented and dedicated educators throughout our community who are committed to the ongoing success of all students.

Local news media representatives are invited to cover this event.
April 10: Candidates for Idaho State Superintendent of Public Instruction will participate in a question-and-answer forum to share their ideas for education with Idaho voters. Idaho Education News, Boise State University and Boise State Public Radio are partnering to host the forum to be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, at BSU’s Special Events Center adjacent to the Student Union Building on 1910 W. University Drive. Republican challenger Jeff Dillon and Democratic challengers Cindy Wilson and Allen Humble have committed to participate in the 75-minute forum. Republican incumbent Sherri Ybarra was invited to participate. Three panelists will question the candidates: Boise School District teacher Loren Bailly, West Ada high school student Zac Crandell and Idaho Education News reporter Clark Corbin. Qiestions from the audience and Facebook followers will also be considered. Learn more...
April 11: Media Literacy Forum, Boise State University, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Student Union Building, Jordan Ballroom. The title of the symposium is Media Literarcy and Civic Engagement in the Digital Age and is sponsored by The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and Boise State University's Idaho Media Initiative.

This free day-long event will bring together journalists, students and educators to discuss journalism and media literacy in today’s world. This is the first in a series of university-hosted events designed by NAMLE to launch honest, constructive discussions exploring the intersections between journalism, media literacy and student voices. The forum is free and open to the general public. Register online.

Key questions for the event:
  • What are the challenges journalists and educators face in the ever-growing information landscape?
  • How can journalists and educators work together to move beyond the “fake news” discussion and on to a more comprehensive discussion about news and information?
  • What do students need to understand the news and participate as an active citizen in today’s world?
  • Can effective media literacy education restore trust in news and journalism?

Boise High students Annabelle Terry and Acey Norris will participate as speakers. In addition, Boise District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly will be featured as a guest speaker, as will Michelle Harmon, former Borah High School media advisor and now Idaho State Director, Journalism Education Association. In addition, Boise School District Communications Specialist Ryan Hill will participate in a panel discussion entitled The State of Media Literacy in Idaho. A number of Boise School District students are expected to attend the symposium, as well.
April 13: Capital High School Academic Awards Assembly, 9:20 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., main gymnasium, 8055 W. Goddard Rd., Boise. This annual event will recognize outstanding students at Capital High School. The assembly will also include a special presentation recognizing Capital for once again earning the national distinction of being one of America's Most Challenging High Schools as identified by the Washington Post. Local news media representatives are invited to cover this event.
April 13: Arbor Day celebration. 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Horizon Elementary School, 730 N. Mitchell St. Boise. Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, and officials from the Boise Parks and Recreation Department, will gather at the school to help plant a tree on the Horizon school campus. Students will listen to a presentation from Tim Womick, often referred to as the modern-day Johnny Appleseed. Since 1990, Tim has criss-crossed the U.S. (and even visited a few foreign countries) educating people of all ages about the importance of trees to their community's health and their own human potential. Local news media representatives are invited to cover this event.
April 16: Boise School Board meeting, 6 p.m., Boise School District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd. Some of the agenda items include Presentation of Red Apple Award to Kim Andersen, Liberty Elementary School 3rd grade teacher; and Presentation of Golden Apple Award to Angie Cates - North Junior High School detention monitor. When available, the complete Board meeting agenda will be posted on the Board meeting webpage. The public is invited to attend the Board meeting.
April 19: Borah High School Senator's Choice Assembly at Borah High School, 6001 W. Cassia St., 9:22 a.m. to 10:22 a.m. Outstanding students and teachers will be recognized in this annual awards assembly and will include a special presentation recognizing Borah for once again earning the national distinction of being one of America's Most Challenging High Schools as identified by the Washington Post. Local news media representatives are invited to cover this event.
April 19: Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children will host free  Ready! for Kindergarten workshop at Garfield Elementary School from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for families of children ages birth to age 5. This free workshop will show you how to prepare your child for school success.
Sign-up today at  www.idahoaeyc.org/ready or call Garfield Elementary School at 208-854-4950. Dinner will be provided, as will childcare for children ages 1-5. Be  Ready! for the first day of school! Information in Spanish.
April 21: Week of the Young Child Celebration featuring music & fun for the entire family! Idaho Botanical Garden, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event focuses on connecting you with quality community resources for young children. Enjoy live music and performances on the celebration stage. Learn more...
April 25: Timberline High School Academic Assembly, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Auditorium, 701. E. Boise Ave., Boise. This annual assembly will recognize the academic achievements of Timberline High School students. The assembly will also include a special presentation recognizing Timberline for once again earning the national distinction of being one of America's Most Challenging High Schools as identified by the Washington Post. Local news media representatives are invited to cover this event.
April 27: Boise High School Heart of the Brave Academic Assembly, 9:30 a.m., main gymnasium, 1010 W. Washington, Boise. Boise High School students will be recognized for their academic accomplishments. The assembly will also include a special presentation recognizing Boise High for once again earning the national distinction of being one of America's Most Challenging High Schools as identified by the Washington Post. Local news media representatives are invited to cover this event.
May 18: Last day of school for high school seniors.

May 28: Memorial Day - No school for students in Boise School District (K-12).

May 30, 31 & June 1: Secondary end of semester testing - Early release 7-12.

June 1: Last day of school - Early release K-12.
May 30: Grace Jordan Elementary School and Morley Nelson Elementary School will each celebrate their 10 year anniversary on May 30! Both schools will celebrate these important milestones at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.  The public, including the local news media, is invited to attend these celebrations. All former students, staff and community members are welcome. We will be displaying pictures, notes, cards and short videos of the journey of our schools. Please consider submitting relevant school pictures to the principal at each school: Melanie Koch, principal, Morley Nelson Elementary School at melanie.koch@boiseschools.org and Joan Bigelow, principal, Grace Jordan Elementary School at joan.bigelow@boiseschools.org
Grace Jordan Elementary School will hold its Ten Year Anniversary Celebration on May 30th!
Morley Nelson Elementary School will hold its Ten Year Anniversary Celebration on May 30th!
Secondary Summer School Registration Now Online: Register online now for Summer School! Boise School District has moved to an online registration system and registration is now open for 2018 Traditional Secondary Summer School. Learn more...

In addition, Boise School District offers a wide-variety of additional summer school learning programs, including Alternative Junior High School Summer Program, Alternative Secondary Summer School Program, Summer Driver Education Program, and elementary summer school. Learn more...
Learn, Live, Grow With Spring Community Education: It's the biggest and best Spring Community Education session ever! Choose from more than 200 personal enrichment classes. From computers, culinary arts, arts & crafts, fitness and health to travel and history, we have a class for you!

Spring classes begin April 23 and run through May 17, 2017. Register online today!

Review our Spring 2018 Community Education course catalog now and then remember to register online beginning Sunday, April 1, 2018 at www.boiselearns.org
Team Tators Wins Idaho Regional FIRST Robotics Competition: Boise School District's Team Tators, one of 15 Idaho teams that competes in FIRST Robotics, took first place in the Idaho Regional Competition held at Taco Bell Arena March 29-31, 2018. The win cements their place in the national competition in Houston (April 18-21, 2018). Idaho Statesman Visual Journalist Katherine Jones covered the thrilling competition and filed a video report of Team Tators' first place showing
Idaho Braille Challenge Winners Announced: The following Boise School District students were announced as winners in the recently-held Idaho State Braille Challenge. The Braille Challenge® is an academic competition unlike any other. This two-stage contest is designed to motivate blind students to emphasize their study of braille, while rewarding their success with fun-filled, but challenging, local and national events. Braille Challenge contest categories include reading comprehension, writing speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling, and reading tactile charts and graphs.

In announcing the Boise School District students who took home top honors, Dr. Carol Scholz, teacher of the visually impaired, Boise School District, wrote: "Thanks to all of the stellar teachers, paras and librarians these visually impaired students have had over the years who promote reading excellence and, most importantly, demonstrate a deep love and respect for all of our students!"
Cindy Barajas
First Place
7th Grade
North Junior High School
Emilia Lane
Second Place
8th Grade
North Junior High School
Gareth Brown
Third Place
4th Grade
Garfield Elementary School
Boise High Senior Receives Perfect ACT Score: Boise High School Junior Dahsong Lee (pictured) earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36 on the college entrance exam. In making the announcement, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda wrote: "Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. On average, only around one-tenth of 1% of all test takers earn the top score. Among U.S. high school graduates in the class of 2017, just 2,760 out of more than 2 million students who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36." ACT scores are accepted by all major U.S. four-year colleges and universities. "Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead," added Roorda. Test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions.
Where Are They Now? - Capital High Graduate To Study at Oxford: 2016 Capital High School graduate Winston Lie (pictured) recently received word that he has been accepted into the University of Oxford Biochemistry Program. "Essentially what this program allows me to do is to spend my entire fall term at the University of Oxford and conduct full time research with a professor over there in his/her lab," wrote Lie." What's great about this program is that it not only satisfies an entire semester of credits but at the same time allows me to just focus exclusively on research work." The University of Oxford is one of the leading universities in the world and is located in Oxford, England.
Climate Education Conference Supports Student Scholarships: In April's Green Apple Bites e-publication, learn how your Boise School District is preparing students for the future by hosting a climate change conference recently held at Timberline High School. The conference supported more than 60 student scholarships, the recipients of whom were predominantly high school students from the Boise School Disrict. Also learn how students involved in Green Teams at their school are making a positive difference when it comes to recycling. Learn more...
2018 High School Graduation Dates: Boise School District announces the following high school graduation dates for 2018:

2018 High School Graduation Dates
Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University, 7:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

May 22, 2018, (Tuesday) - Boise High
May 23, 2018, (Wednesday) - Borah High
May 24, 2018, (Thursday) - Capital High
May 29, 2018, (Tuesday) - Timberline High

Frank Church High School:
Spring Graduation: May 31, 2018, (Thursday), 7:00 p.m. at Morrison Center

STEP Program: May 15, 2018, 9:30 a.m. at Boise Senior Center
Marian Pritchett School: May 30, 2018, 6:30 p.m. at Timberline High

Parents - Sign-Up for Emergency Text Messaging: The Boise School District offers emergency text messaging for parents/guardians. To receive emergency text messages

Non-Parents - Mobile App Available: Boise School District also has a mobile app to improve communication to parents and non-parents (e.g.District staff members, community members, etc.). The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Download the app today to receive alerts from the Boise School District, including emergency alerts.
How You Can Help Keep Your School Safe: Are you concerned about someone’s behavior and the danger they may present to your child’s school? The following video explains how you can report suspicious activity anonymously. 

Working closely with local law enforcement agencies and media outlets, citizens just like you have helped Boise Area Crime Stoppers become an instrumental part in protecting the Treasure Valley. Thanks to this community support and the premise of anonymity, Crime Stoppers has been able to help solve seemingly impossible crimes with few or no leads all because of just one phone call - 208-343-COPS.
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Dan Hollar 
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Boise School District 
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