What's Happening In Boise School District
March 8: Boise District's Treasure Valley Math & Science Center will be hosting the first of two 'Orientation Nights' for families who are interested in learning more about the Center as a possible educational option for their children. TVMSC is a magnet school program that offers a seamless, integrated progression of challenging mathematics and science courses for high potential students in multi-age cohorts from 7th through 12th grades. Students attend TVMSC for a portion of each school day and return to their neighborhood school for their non-STEM courses. Orientation Night will be held in the Large Gym at Riverglen Jr. High from 7:00p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Families will be provided an overview of the program, will visit the classrooms and will have an opportunity to have questions about the program addressed.
March 8: To better serve our students and families, Boise School District is moving to an online registration system starting with 2018 Kindergarten Open House/Registration.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to use this new Online Registration Process before Kindergarten Open House/Registration on Thursday, March 8, 2018. By doing so, you’ll expedite the Kindergarten registration process and be able to spend more time on March 8th meeting your child’s dedicated teachers and staff.  Learn more...
March 9 - 11: Conference organizers for Partnering for Success: Working Together on Climate Solutions (pictured) announced that over 60 scholarships have been awarded to students for the event being held at Timberline High School, March 9-11, 2018. 

Recipients are predominantly high school students from the Boise School District. Chris Taylor, science and social studies supervisor for the Boise School District, said “We are thrilled to have our students participate in this nonpartisan, multigenerational educational event.”

The Boise Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) is hosting the annual Pacific Northwest Regional conference. Of the approximately 6,000 members across the region; which includes Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, Idaho has over 1,000 CCL members. Conference attendance is estimated at 125, in addition to the 60 plus scholarship attendees. Individuals are coming from as far away as Alaska and as near as Boise.

The agenda includes four general sessions and 12 different one-hour break-out sessions offered during the concurrent time block on Saturday afternoon. The conference web page offers more details, as does the conference agenda. There is a special session open to the public, with no registration fee, on Saturday afternoon, titled Engaging Businesses in Climate Action.  Online conference registration has been extended to Sunday, March 4, 2018. Learn more...
March 10: Treasure Valley Mathematics & Science Center (TVMSC) will hold the first of two Applicant Screenings. The screening occurs from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Riverglen Junior High School's Cafeteria. For more information about the Application Process, please visit TVMSC's webpage.  On the Application Process web page there are forms to submit in order to reserve a space on one of the two testing days. There are additional forms available for obtaining the 'Teacher Recommendations' for your child. All applicants must participate in one of the two screening days and must submit the recommendation forms before the applicant can be considered for entrance to TVMSC for 2018 - 2019. 
March 12: Boise School Board Meeting, 6 p.m., Boise School District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise. Some of the agenda items include Presentation of Red Apple Award to Stacey Stands, Whittier Elementary School Reading Specialist; Presentation of Golden Apple Award to Tracey Stringer, Special Education Paraprofessional, Cynthia Mann Elementary School; Monthly Enrollment Report; Grading Update; Math Update; Budget Development Schedule and Committee Reports. Public is invited to attend. Review complete agenda.
March 12: Community Education Winter session continues. Review the list of classes starting this week and enroll online. Hurry, classes fill quickly!
March 15: Boise State University and College of Western Idaho is sponsoring Navegando Adelante for the opportunity to learn about the college admissions process, financial aid, scholarships, admissions process and the steps necessary to prepare for college. The event will be in English and Spanish. Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/b6lyFskkuS1J5ijA3. The event will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 2612 W. State St., Boise. Learn more...
March 16: You are warmly invited to attend the inaugural Gold and Black Gala on March 16 at the brand new Boise Centre East at Boise Centre on the Grove... Enjoy a three-course plated dinner, no-host bar, and entertainment featuring CHS singers and musicians as well as the famed auctioneer Kevin Troutt. Fundraising will benefit Capital High School's Three As: Academics, Athletics, and Activities; and three Distinguished Alumni will be recognized as we celebrate the past, present, and future of CHS. The Gala Committee is working on incredible silent and live auction items including a guided fly fishing expedition with pro Brett Bishop, “Coffee with Kustra” (BSU President Bob Kustra), “Chai with Chuck” (UI President Chuck Staben), and an Elton John VIP concert and hotel package to name just a few!

Purchase your tickets for this special night at https://gec.maxgiving.com

Feel free to direct questions to the Golden Eagles Booster Club: chsgoldeneagleboosters@gmail.com and we’ll hope to see you on March 16 to celebrate our incredible CHS!
March 17: North Junior High School will host the first-ever Idaho Battle of the Books Tournament from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a new and growing program across all of Idaho, started last year at North. This year's event will feature student teams from North, Riverglen, East and Fairmont junior high schools, competing in teams of 4 students each in a reading-based program that uses competition to encourage students to read more books! This is the second year of the program at North, but the first year at the other schools, and next year the plan is to add several West Ada schools, as well as schools from other parts of Idaho. Author Jennifer A. Nielsen will be the guest of honor. Rediscovered Books will be selling books that day (Nielsen will be signing), and Scotty's Hot Dog cart will available for those in attendance. 
March 21: Boise High School’s 5th Annual Summit - “Justice for All”, 8:20 a.m. to 3:07 p.m., Boise High School, 1010 W. Washington St., Boise. Boise High School Summits are student led, project-based, inquiry-driven learning experiences occurring annually for the past four years. The theme of this year’s summit, voted on by Boise High School students, is “social justice”. The summit consists of three main characteristics; student presenters, student led workshops, and a keynote speaker - Cherie Buckner-Webb. Ms. Buckner-Webb is a graduate of Boise High and a District 19 Legislative Representative. Boise High students will be presenting on self-selected topics ranging from Empowering Women, to How to Become a Youth Activist (led by the organizers of the Women’s March), to Racial Segregation in American Schools.  For more information contact: Robb Thompson, Principal, Boise High School, 208-854-4270, robb.thompson@boiseschools.org
March 23: End of third quarter - Early release K-6.

March 26 - 30: Spring break - No school K-12.
Bridge Students In the Spotlight: Students from Borah's Bridge Program participated in a hands-on career exploration on the morning of March 2 at the Dennis Technical Education Center (DTEC). The event was organized by Leadership Boise members who serve as mentors to the Bridge students. In addition to the hands-on event, members from the community presented to students about their career fields. It was a fantastic event that allowed Bridge students to explore their interests. Borah's Bridge program is a program-within-a-school program that provides an intensive English language program to limited and non-English speaking secondary students.
Borah Bridge Program students get an up-close look at the wide variety of career technical programs offered at the Dennis Technical Education Center.
Borah Bridge program students gather for a group photo in front of the Dennis Technical Education Center.
C-SPAN Announces Winners of 2018 StudentCam Documentary Competition: C-SPAN recently announced the winners of the national 2018 StudentCam documentary competition awarding a total of $100,000 in cash prizes to winning documentaries.

Since 2006, C-SPAN has partnered with local cable television providers in communities nationwide to invite middle and high school students to produce short documentaries about a subject of national importance. This year students addressed the theme, “The Constitution and 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 2,985 video submissions form over 5,700 students in 46 states and Washington, D.C.

Capital High School seniors May Zhen and Payton Liquin (pictured below) will receive $3,000 as first prize winners in the West region for their documentary, “ Prison Reform.” Their winning video will air on C-SPAN at 8:50 MDT and throughout the day on Thursday, April 19.
Payton Liquin
Capital High School
May Zhen
Capital High School
Boise High School Named Coca-Cola Scholar: Boise High School Senior Benjamin Seabourn (pictured) has been named a 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar. Seabourn is one of 150 Coca-Cola Scholars who will each receive a $20,000 college scholarship and join a family of alumni who are leading positive change in their communities and around the world. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation invests in our future — offering college scholarships to exceptional high school students dedicated to leadership, service, and action that positively affects others. 
Timberline High Students Shine in Mock Trial Competition: Last Saturday, a team of students (pictured below) from Timberline High competed in the Idaho Law Foundation's Mock Trial competition. Two Timberline students were recognized by the judges as Outstanding Witnesses: Maia Dickinson and Molly Feeley (pictured left to right in the photo located to the right below). Idaho Education News also covered the competition.
Read Across America Big Hit in Boise District: Many students and schools in the Boise School District participated in the annual Read Across America event on Friday, March 2 to promote the importance of reading. Twenty-five students from Borah High School's Early Childhood Class, Cat in the Hat, The Borah Lion (school mascot), representatives from Borah High School Student Council and members of the Borah High Football team spent the morning reading to children at Whitney Elementary School. The students used correct literacy methods and encouraged Whitney students that good leaders and athletes are readers! Below are a few photos from the event.
Southwest District MathCounts Competiton: On February 24, the Southwest District MathCounts Competion was held. Seven of the top 10 contestants are students at Boise School District's Treasure Valley Math and Science Center. These students then competed in a Countdown Round in which Daniel Fernandez took 1st place!

The 7 students are: 
  • Daniel Fernandez (Riverglen)
  • Kevin Xu (East)
  • Jinho Kim (East)
  • Raymond Bian (East)
  • William Wang (East)
  • Justin He (East)
  • James Liu (East)

The top 12 students move on to the State Competition. The State Competition is Saturday, March 10.
White Pine Elementary School Recognized: Imagine Learning recognized White Pine Elementary School for winning the program's Idaho Do Math! Pay it Forward Contest. White Pine was the winning school (in particular Mr. Keiser’s math class) throughout Idaho and was awarded a $100 VISA gift card for school supplies. Ms. Carlyn Blake from the Idaho Food Bank was also present during the awards ceremony. She was awarded a $2,211 check from the students (pictured below). During the competition, the Idaho students earned points for working through math problems. Those points translated into dollars for the Idaho Food Bank. Since White Pine Elementary won the contest, students had the opportunity to award the check to Ms. Blake and the Idaho Food Bank.
Ms. Carlyn Blake from the Idaho Food Bank was also present during the awards ceremony and received a $2,211 check from the students.  
White Pine Elementary School Won the Idaho Do Math! Pay it Forward Contest.
Invent Idaho Features Boise School District Students: Boise School District had an amazing showing at the Invent Idaho State Competition on the University of Idaho Campus in Moscow, Idaho. Invent Idaho is an inventive science competition that focuses on the process involved in solving everyday problems using research, creativity, ingenuity, the scientific process and hard work!  Students had to place at the school, district, and regional level to participate in the state competition. We would like to recognize and congratulate the following Boise School District elementary school students who have placed at the state level and are now moving on to The National Invent Idaho Competition in Washington, D.C.   Review complete Invent Idaho State Competition results.
Dev Alluri
Collister Elementary 
Vibodh Ayyapured
Collister Elementary
Taelyn Baiza
Roosevelt Elementary
Owen Barnes
Cynthia Mann
Lily Colson
Highlands Elementary
Carter Cook
Hawthorne Elementary
Fiona Goellner
Cynthia Mann Elementary
Jackson Hill
Highlands Elementary
Duncan Kennedy
Cynthia Mann Elementary
Kriti Nagthan
Hawthorne Elementary
Akshara Nataraj
Collister Elementary
Ben Pajak
Hawthorne Elementary
Nandini Sipani
Hawthorne Elementary
Arshia Suresh
Hawthorne Elementary
Data Points - Evidence Related to Vouchers & Tax Credit Schemes: In his latest Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly takes an in-depth look at the proposed voucher legislation currently being debated in the Idaho Legislature and how major research studies show voucher programs don't work. 

Data Points is dedicated to providing student achievement and education trend analysis and is intended for parents and patrons interested in an objective, data-driven look at student performance in Boise and across Idaho. 
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

  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 has a mobile app to improve communication to you. The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store

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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.
News Media Contact: 
Dan Hollar 
Public Affairs Administrator 
Boise School District 
(208) 854-4064 
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