What's Happening In Boise School District
November 10: Veterans Day observed. A number of schools will be honoring our Veterans with a variety of Veterans Day events/performances. For example, at 1:30 p.m. Maple Grove Elementary will hold a Veterans Day music program.

November 10: Roosevelt Elementary School students will participate in Rake- Up Boise by raking up leaves for residents in the surrounding neighborhood beginning at 1:00 p.m. Students will rake-up leaves for a couple of hours and then return to school for a pizza celebration in front of the school around 2:30 p.m.

November 11: Veterans Day

November 11: The public is invited to attend the 17th Annual All-District Employee Holiday Art & Craft Bazaar, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., West Jr. High School, 8371 W. Salt Creek Ct., Boise. Money raised from table fees goes to the Idaho Food Bank Boise District Student Back Pack Program. Patrons are encouraged to bring a donation for the food bank or a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program.

November 11: Borah High School Choir 1st Annual Mattress Fundraiser, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., school cafeteria. Purchases benefit the Borah Choir.

November 13: At 9:00 a.m., Roosevelt Elementary will launch a school fundraiser for the Music and Memory Program, a program that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly through digital music technology, vastly improving their quality of life. As part of the fundraiser, Roosevelt students will interview seniors at a local rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility to identify music that brings back fond memories. The students will then download that music onto iPods and deliver them to the seniors for the holidays.
November 13: Boise School Board meeting, 6:00 p.m., Boise District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Road. Some of the agenda items include presentation of the Red Apple Award to Marie Kingsbury, District Services Center, Consulting Teacher and presentation of the Golden Apple Award to Jathan Edge, Behavior Support Specialist. Public is invited to attend. Complete agenda is posted online.
November 13 - 17: American Education Week will present all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. The National Education Association was one of the creators and original sponsors of American Education Week. On Tuesday, November 14, Boise School District will partner with Boise Police Department as part of an initiative where teachers will trade places with police for the day. The intent of the Teacher Cop Swap project is to honor teachers and police and learn about the way both police and teachers interact with the community.
November 13 - 17: School Psychology Awareness Week, an annual initiaitve led by the National Association of School Psychologists. This year's theme is Power Up! Be a Positive Charge. The goal of this year's campaign is to highlight how taking a small positive action creates connections that lead to positive change, builds greater successes and develops the academic and social–emotional skills students need to promote personal achievement, growth, and resilience, as well as a sense of belonging and well-being. "As school psychologists in the Boise School District, we are not only involved in the success of our schools, but many of us also give back to our community by being involved in a variety of activities and/or organizations," said Mary Campbell, school psychologist at White Pine Elementary School and Les Bois Jr. High School. "We are proud to serve our students and our community." View photos taken of Boise School District school psychologists volunteering in the community, including Boise Rescue Mission, Idaho Foodbank, and a special needs school in Ghana last summer.

November 18: Boise Holiday Parade, 9:45 a.m., downtown Boise. Grand Marshal: Leslie Patricelli, author of children's books.

November 20 - 24: Thanksgiving Holiday Break - No School K-12

December 21: Early release K-12

December 22 - January 5: Winter Holiday Break - No school K-12
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!: Come and join the Boise High School Choir students for the 45th Annual Madrigal Dinner. It is an evening of wonderful food and beautiful music. Travel back in time with us to the Renaissance and the Royal Court in Iron Fist Castle. Shows are December 1st and 2nd in the Fellowship Hall at the Cathedral of the Rockies. Seating begins at 6:00 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.. Pre-purchasing tickets is highly encouraged as this popular annual event nearly always sells out. Tickets are on sale now; $25 Adults, $20 Students/Seniors.   Purchase tickets online.
West Junior High Students Raise Funds for Human Rights: West Junior High School 9th grade students, led by Language Arts Teacher Jonelle Warnock, raised more than $3,600 during their October 19th walk-a-thon for the Wassmuth Center's new Marilyn Shuler Classroom for Human Rights. Students participated in the walk-a-thon in conjunction with reading To Kill a Mockingbird and also participated in discussions about perspective and universal human rights. 
After-School STEM Events Big Hit With Students: Thanks to a parternship program with Boise State University, students at Morley Nelson Elementary School and Taft Elementary School recently participated in after-school activities to encourage and inspire students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). On November 8th Morley Nelson students celebrated their first STEM event with Boise State University Distinguished Educator in Residence NASA Astronaut Steve Swanson and then on November 9th, Taft students celebrated their first ever STEM+C Science Competition with Dr. Bhaskar Chittoori, Professor, Civil Engineering Department, Boise State University; and Dr. Dazhi Yang, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Technology, Boise State University. "We hope this project will be able to help nurture some future astronauts who will be part of the Mars exploration in the near future," said Dr. Yang. "We think everyone of these students has such great potential!"
Student Planting Project Takes Root: Figures now in from the recently-completed planting project at Hillside Junior High School show that organizers were able to engage 156 students over the course of October 24th to 26th with a restoration project behind the school. All of these students had an opportunity to plant more than 400 plants along the Boise School District property.

"As much as it was my intent to provide a quality, experiential learning opportunity for your students, I also hope that this becomes something that your students can look back on in 5 or 10 years and see the progress they were able to bring to a well-loved community resource," said Eric Willadsen, Stewardship Coordinator, Land Trust of the Treasure Valley.

"I also wanted to thank U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who helped to fund our time on this project through a "Connecting People to Nature" grant, and by also providing staff time to the project. As much as this project helped to grow the roots of local, native vegetation, I also hope that it does a small part in growing the roots of future conservationists, and more importantly, of life-long learners who care about their communities."
Students - Looking For Something To Do On The Weekends? Open Gym program runs on Saturday and Sunday at a number of Boise School District schools. Open Gym is presented by the Boise Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Boise School District. Participating schools include Garfield and Hawthorne elementary schools (K-6 children only) each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Les Bois, East, South & West junior high schools (7-12 students only) at various times on Saturday and Sunday.  Review the program flyer for specific times and information.
STEP Students Participate in Career Discovery Day: On Monday, November 6th, students enrolled in the Boise School District's Student Transition Education Program (STEP) shared their experiences gained during visits to local employers. This year, as part of Career Discovery Day, a total of 19 STEP students partnered with community members to participate in job shadows of their choice.  Career Discovery Day is held annually in collaboration with Disability Mentoring Day, a large-scale national effort to promote career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration. DMD is typically celebrated the third Wednesday of October during National Disability Employment Awareness Month. DMD was founded in 1999 through a White House initiative.
Now Recruiting WINTER Community Education Instructors: This winter, share a skill or knowledge with others by teaching a Community Education class. We're currently recruiting volunteer instructors for our WINTER session (January 22nd through March 15th). For more than 45 years, Community Ed has served as Boise's first choice for lifelong learning. From business and finance, gardening, cooking, travel, arts and crafts, health and fitness, fly fishing and photography, to everything else in between, our volunteer instructors offer a wide variety of classes! Give the gift of learning this holiday season. Community ED has gift certificates. Call 208-854-4047 for details.

It's easy to be considered for teaching a Community ED class. Simply complete our Volunteer Instructor Application and Class Proposal Form and visit our Community ED website to learn more about our popular program. 
Give the Gift of Reading This Holiday Season: Operation Wish Book is beginning its 26th year in the Boise area. Book donations can be made at any of the Boise School District's elementary, junior high and high schools, Channel 7, KTVB-TV at 5407 Fairview Ave. and Rediscovered Books at 180 N. 8th Street during the month of November. Monetary donations can also be sent to the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation at 8169 W. Victory Rd. Boise, 83709.The collected and purchased books will be distributed through the Salvation Army's Toy and Joy giving the week of Christmas.
Students Invited to Submit Art for Holiday Cards: The Idaho State Department of Education is now accepting Holiday Card Contest submissions from Idaho students in grades K-6. Winning entries from each grade level will be published on the State Department of Education website, and one drawing will be selected for use as the department’s official holiday card. The young artist who submits the winning design will receive cards for personal use. For a look at past winners and contest guidelines, go to https://www.sde.idaho.gov/events/card-contest/. The deadline for submitting artwork is Monday, Nov. 13. Entries should be mailed to Idaho State Department of Education, Holiday Card Contest, attn.: Jo Ann Bujarski, P.O. Box 83720 Boise 83720-0027. 
Borah High Music Students Receive State Recognition: The following Borah High School Band students auditioned for and were accepted into the Idaho Music Educators Association's All-State Honor groups. Over 1,200 students auditioned and only approximately 630 were chosen. The selected students will perform in Moscow, ID at the IMEA convention in early February.

All-Sate Orchestra: Cameron Echols- Clarinet
All-State Band:
Fernando Perez- Flute
Eston Hall- Calrinet
Caleb Mason- Bassoon
Isaac Everett- Alto Saxophone
Taylor King- Alto Saxophone
Kyle Thomas- Tenor Saxophone
Winter Weather Procedures - Keeping Students Safe:  When winter weather comes our way, Boise School District has a plan to keep our students safe.  Learn more about the District's Winter Weather Procedures on the District's Emergency website or click on the adjacent image to view a brief video explaining the procedures. The Boise School District offers emergency text messaging for parents/guardians, as well as for non-parents. You may sign-up for emergency text messaging by visiting our Emergency website.

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

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