Boise School District News

Thursday, November 16, 2023

AP Honor Roll Recognizes Three District High Schools

The College Board has announced the inclusion of Boise, Borah and Timberline High Schools on the prestigious AP School Honor Roll for the 2022-23 school year. This recognition applauds schools that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses and bolstering students' journeys toward college success.

The AP School Honor Roll acknowledges the profound impact of AP programs, which empower students by providing them with college-level courses, accelerating their paths to graduation, and nurturing a culture of academic excellence. Research consistently shows that students who engage with AP coursework are more likely to enroll in college and complete their degrees on time.

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Yes, I Can Award Recipients for 2023

During the November 13, 2023 regular monthly meeting of the Boise School Board, Trustees recognized this year's recipients of the Yes, I Can Awards. The Yes I Can! Awards Program was established in Idaho to celebrate the achievements of children and youth with disabilities, to encourage children and youth with disabilities to seek their highest potential; and to increase public awareness of the abilities, aspirations, and personal qualities of people with disabilities.

Award Nominees may be recognized in one of each of the following nine categories:

  • Academics
  • Arts
  • Athletics
  • Community Service
  • Employment
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Self-Advocacy; and
  • Technology

Watch the following video to meet Boise School District’s 2023-24 Yes, I Can Award Recipients.

Boise School District's 2023 Yes, I Can Award Recipients were honored during the November 13, 2023 Boise School Board meeting.

Red & Golden Apple Award Recipients

Each month during the school year, the Boise School Board honors deserving teachers and support staff through the District's highest awards program - the Red Apple Award for teachers and the Golden Apple Award for classified employees. During the Board meeting held on November 13, 2023, Trustees recognized the following individuals.

Bob Wand Memorial Art Award

The Boise School District's annual Bob Wand Memorial Art Award is named after former Boise School District Art Supervisor Bob Wand who served from 1958 to 1981, and who believed in the power and value of art education as part of a comprehensive and high quality education for each and every child. 

Each year the Bob Wand Memorial Art Award contest is held for elementary school students throughout the District. Coordinated by District Art Coordinator Kate Miller, this prestigious art contest generates hundreds of entries from elementary students.

The Bob Wand Memorial Art Award recipient for 2023-2024 is McKinley Pankratz, 1st Grade, Longfellow Elementary (pictured). McKinley was recognized during the October 9, 2023 Boise School Board meeting. Her artwork is featured below.

2023 Bob Wand Memorial Art Award Recipient McKinley Pankratz, 1st Grade, Longfellow Elementary School (artwork featured)

State Swimming Championship

Boise High School Boys Swim Team won the Boys 5A State Championship.

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Music Student Recognitions

We are excited to recognize the accomplishment of a number of Band, Choir and Orchestra students in being selected as members of the 2024 Idaho All State Bands, Choirs and Orchestra. This year’s Idaho All State Honor Groups performances will be held at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID  January 31-February 3, 2024. Click the following link to learn more about the Boise School District's 2024 Idaho All State Bands, Choirs and Orchestra, as well as other recognitions for Boise School District music students. 

Music Student Recognitions

Attend Boise Music Week Choral Night

Music Takes Center Stage

Boise School District is known for our comprehensive education program, including an award-winning music program that serves students beginning in elementary school. Recently, the Boise High School Brave Music Department hosted an all Boise Quadrant music assembly for all students who attend elementary schools that feed into Boise High School. Music Director Megahan FayOlswanger said the assembly "was a huge success."

Students Learn, Bake and Serve

Borah High School's Nutrition and Foods recently class made healthy wheat rolls and shared them with Borah's 91 English Language Learners. A special thank you to King Arthur Flour for donating the flour to make this hands-on learning project possible.

Borah High School's Multilingual Learner (ML) Program students received healthy whole wheat rolls (see photo below), thanks to Borah's Nutrition and Foods class.

Spotlight on Art

Washington Elementary School would like to extend a special thank you to students in the Boise High School Art Club who recently completed an art project on the Washington Elementary School campus. The BHS Art Club created, prepped, and painted a Sensory Path for Washington's playground inspired by the works of famous artists (see photos below). Washington reached out and partnered with Boise High Art Teacher Katy Shanafelt, and then two BHS students (Penelope Wilson and Rafferty Clark) communicated with Washington Elementary School Principal Hannah Courtright throughout the process. The Boise High art students began work on the project this fall and ultimately painted the Sensory Path outside of school hours, over the course of many days. 

Services to Support our Students

Boise School District has a myriad of support services to assist our students. Recently, the Boise School Board received a report from the District's administration about all the support services that we provide. In light of recent student and staff deaths in the District and in the Treasure Valley, we believe it is important to share with you the following presentation, which outlines the many student support services we offer. Please watch the following video to learn more and if you have any questions about any of these services, we encourage you to reach out to your school for further information. We are here to help.

Student Support Services Report, as presented to the Boise School Board on November 13, 2023.

Winter Weather Procedures

Education is important and every missed day of school represents lost learning opportunities. However, Boise School District’s primary concern is for the safety of all students, including students riding busses and walking or biking to school. If students cannot safely travel to school or if schools are not able to operate safely because of citywide dangerous weather conditions, school may be cancelled. Watch the following video to learn more about Boise School District's Inclement Weather Procedures.

Emergencies & Inclement Weather Procedures

District Fall 2023 Powerdown Challenge

Boise School District is committed to using resources as sustainably as possible. During last school year's breaks, we saved over 900,000 kWh of energy. As we enter Autumn break (November 20-24), we know we can improve upon that energy savings, if our students and staff work carefully to unplug during next week's break. We know staff and student computers, including teacher computers and laptop carts, can all be safely unplugged during breaks. With that in mind, we urge our school's Green Ambassadors to please accept this Fall Powerdown Challenge and help your teachers, librarians, and school staff fully power down before heading out on Friday, November 17, 2023.

Fall 2023 Powerdown Checklist for Teachers & Students

Donated Car Drive

Boise School District's Dennis Technical Education Center is holding a Car Drive to accept donated cars that students can work on as they prepare for SkillsUSA competitions to be held later in the school year. Information about how to donate any car, running or not, is provided below.

Interested in Athletics?

Boise School District has always been highly regarded for academic achievements. At the same time, we have always been considered a leader throughout Idaho and the Pacific Northwest in the area of athletics. Many of our programs have become models for other districts. Below are the try-out dates and first days of practice for the 2023-2024 athletics program. Please contact your school for more information.

Early Childhood Special Education - FREE Developmental Screener Available

Boise School District's Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program provides services to children 3-5 years old, who qualify for special education services. The program goals, curriculum and materials are developmentally appropriate and geared to the differing ability levels of each child. Children attending the ECSE classroom are provided a high quality program, and a safe and nurturing environment. This program promotes and integrates the cognitive, communication, physical, social, emotional, and self-help areas of development through classroom activities.

Boise School District offers a Free Developmental Screener for children ages 3-5 years old with developmental concerns.

BSD Developmental Screening Information 2023-2024 Spanish Language Version

Gifts. Passions. Dreams. Possibilities.
Boise School District's Everything's Possible movement shares the dreams, aspirations and experiences of our students and teachers. As a parent, you see your child’s potential. And we see it, too. Everything’s possible.

Dallas Harris Elementary School Now Open!

Monday, November 13, 2023 was the first day of school for students attending the new Dallas Harris Elementary School. Thanks to voters, this new state-of-the-art facility boasts modern classrooms, cutting-edge technology & a team of highly qualified educators dedicated to providing students the best learning experience. View more photos taken on the first day of school for students at the new Dallas Harris Elementary School.

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Affordable Connectivity Program
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides eligible households with a discount on broadband service and connected devices.

Consumers can access the online application for the ACP at This site can also be accessed in Spanish at

Student Device Monitoring 

A reminder to parents that Boise School District provides parents/guardians with the ability to monitor your student’s activity on their District-assigned digital device via the GoGuardian Parent App: 

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Parents - Sign-Up for Emergency Text Messaging: The Boise School District offers emergency text messaging for parents/guardians. Learn more and sign-up.

Non-Parents - Mobile App Available: Boise School District has a mobile app to improve communication to you. The app offers emergency alerts and is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
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Dates of Interest
  • November 20-24: Autumn Break - No School Pre K-12
  • December 19, 20, 21: Secondary End of Semester Testing - Early Release 7-12
  • December 20: Early Release K-6, No School Pre K
  • December 21: End of First Semester - Early Release K-6, No School Pre K
  • December 22 - January 5: Winter Break - No School Pre K-12
  • January 7: Fall Community Education Online Registration Opens
  • January 8: School Resumes
  • January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School Pre K-12
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