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December  12:   Boise School Board meeting, 6:00 p.m., Boise School District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise. Some of the agenda items include:  Presentation of Red Apple Award to Sandy Murin - Marketing Education - Capital High School; presentation of Golden Apple Award to Renee Williams - Food Service Manager, Boise High.  Complete agenda will be posted here  later this week. Public is invited to attend.  

December 16:   Public comments will be accepted through December 16th on the proposed textbook adoptions for K-5 Math and World Studies, which is currently going through the adoption process for use in K-5 math classes and Jr. High World Studies classes to be offered during the 2017-18 school year.  Sample text books are available for public review in the lobby of the Boise School District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. along with a comment form that can be completed and turned in at the lobby's front desk.   

December 21:  Early release for students in grades K-12. Click here for early release schedule. 

December 22 - January 3:   Winter Holiday Break - No school K-12.

January 1:  Online registration begins for Winter 2017 Community Education classes at   Choose from hundreds of personal enrichment classes for all ages!  Expand your mind by learning something new in 2017 by enrolling in a Community Education class. From arts and crafts, computers and culinary arts, fitness & health, to garden, green living & the great outdoors, we have a class for everyone!  Winter Community Education session runs January 23rd through March 16th. Community Education, serving as Boise's first choice for lifelong learning for 45 years!

January 4:  School resumes. 

January 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19:  Informational Math Nights for 5th & 6th grade parents, 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., to help parents make informed decisions about what math class option is best for their student. Discussion will center on the recommended student placement in Math 6, Honors 6/7 and Compacted 7/8. Parents may attend any of the math nights at the following locations:
  • East Jr. High, January 4, Library
  • Fairmont Jr. High, January 5, Library
  • Hillside Jr. High, January 10, Band Room
  • Les Bois Jr. High, January 11, Library
  • South Jr. High, January 12, Library 
  • North Jr. High, January 17, Gym
  • Riverglen Jr. High, January 18, Library
  • West Jr. High, January 19, Library 

January 18:  Deadline to sign-up for free developmental screening if you have a child who is from 3-5 years old and may have possible delays in the following areas:  Speech; Language; Concepts; Motor Skills; Self Help Skills; Social Emotional; Vision and Hearing.  Special Education Services are available for children with developmental delays through the Boise School District's Early Childhood Special Education Program. Click here to learn more. 

January 26: Dennis Technical Education Center will hold its annual Open House from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to showcase the Center's career technical education programs that provide students with valuable technical and leadership skills. With successful passage of the Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Boise School District Bond Election the District's Professional Technical Education Center will be expanded to offer Electrical, Plumbing and Heating-Air Conditining job training classes.  Parents, students, industry partners, and community members are invited to attend the Dennis Technical Education Center Open House.  Click here to learn more about the Dennis Technical Education Center and click here to read the Center's latest newsletter. The Dennis Technical Education Center is located at 8201 W. Victory Rd., Boise. 

March 14:   On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 the Boise School District will hold a bond election to reinvest in our neighborhood schools and community with NO increase in the current property tax rate.   The bond will help meet the needs of today's students and the students of the future. Click here to learn more. 

Sounds of the Season Fill Your Neighborhood Schools:    This time of year, holiday music attracts an overflowing number of families to our community's schools.  Packed multi-purpose rooms are a common sight as Boise School District's nationally-recognized Music Program takes center stage showcasing the talents of our outstanding music students and staff. On December 1st, at Mountain View Elementary School (pictured), families crowded into the school's dated cafegymatorium - a combination gym, cafeteria and auditorium - which was built back in 1959. Mountain View's facility challenges, incuding the school's well-used and outdated cafegymatorium, will be addressed with the successful passage of the Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Bond Election.   Regarding school holiday concerts, if you'd like to attend one of the many popular holiday music programs,   click here  for a complete listing of the times and dates of these free holiday music performances.    

Winter Weather Procedures - Keeping Students Safe:   When winter weather comes our way, the Boise School District has a plan to keep our students safe.   Click here  to learn more about the District's Winter Weather Procedures  or click on the adjacent image to view a video explaining the procedures.  The Boise School District offers emergency text messaging for parents/guardians.  Click here to learn more and sign-up.

Macall Wardle
Student Artwork Selected for Annual Holiday Card:   Hidden Springs Elementary School 6th grade student Macall Wardle's artwork was selected as the winner of this year's Boise School District Holiday Card Contest. Macall is a student in Ms. Wagner's 6th grade class.  Her depiction of a winter scene complete with children decorating a snowman was selected from among one hundred (100) entries submitted by students in grades K-6.  As the Grand Prize Winner, Macall receives a certificate of participation, 100 cards featuring her artwork, and a $25 gift card to Quality Art. She will be recognized during the Boise School Board meeting scheduled on December 12th.  

Students Particiate in Festival of Trees:  Students from the Boise School District volunteered to help at this year's Saint Alphonsus Festival of Trees event at the Boise Centre on the Grove.  Students from the District's SkillsUSA Pre-Engineering program at Boise and Timberline high schools, designed their own ornaments using 3D printed and laser milled ornaments (pictured). Special thanks to Georgia at Boise At Its Best Flowers for her guidance and assistance. 

Longfellow Students Volunteer to Help Their Neighborhood:   Recently, students from Longfellow Elmentary School, armed with rakes and a love of their community and school, descended on their nearby neighborhood  to rake up leaves and support the community. One of the groups of Longfellow students raked up the home of Sherri and Bill Knobloch.  Sherri's husband, Bill, tragically passed away in August and Sherri serves as Washington Elementary School's Administrative Assistant and Bill was a school support assistant at Longfellow.  Sherri is pictured top left. 

Timberline High Students Help Local Homeless Youth:  Recently, students from Timberline High School partnered with United Way of Treasure Valley and Boise State University to assist homeless students in the Treasure Valley. Timberline's Key Club, headed by History and Psychology Teacher Tabitha Miller, collected hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and other items to help homeless youth feel clean at school. According to a news release from the United Way of Treasure Valley, there are approximately 4,500 homeless students in the Treasure Valley.  Boise State University Junior Margaret Odedo (pictured speaking to Timberline Key Club students) helped coordinate the project as part of a class project through the University's Multidisciplinary Studies Program.  Click here to learn more. 

AVID Video Showcases Program to Prepare Students for College & Career:  A video produced by Borah High School does a fantastic job of sharing the strategies educators use in preparing students to go on to college and career through the District's AVID program. Click the adjacent video image to watch this inspiring video.  

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a proven college readiness system, established over 35 years ago, that uses research-based strategies and curriculum to help close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID is a school-wide approach to curriculum and rigor that impacts more than 1.2 million students in K-12 and 40 post-secondary institutions. The Boise School District first implemented AVID at Fairmont Junior High in 2006. Since then, the AVID system has been implemented in every junior high and high school in the Boise School District. In addition, elementary students are being exposed to AVID strategies such as focused note-taking, binder organization and WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading) strategies.

The college go on rates for the District's AVID students (as indicated in the chart below) are remarkable, at 20-30% higher than the District as  a whole.

Borah Student's Artwork Chosen for Regional College Admission Counseling Conference:  Pacific Northwest Association of College Admission Counseling recently asked students from Tony Maurer's Graphic Communications III class, Professional Technical Dennis Education Center,  to design a logo for their 2017 PNACAC Conference scheduled for May 17-19, 2017 on the Boise State campus. Students submitted designs and a committee from PNACAC selected the winning logo of Jordan Barno, a senior at Borah High School.  Her winning logo (pictured) will be used on all the materials used for the conference including the website, registration materials, program booklets, and promotional materials.
Jordan will be recognized at the PNACAC conference in May for her winning design. PNACAC would like to thank all the students who submitted an amazing array of unique logos and Mr. Maurer, who assisted PNACAC in this endeavor.

Garfield Elementary School Grizzly Honor Choir at BSU Veterans Day Event
Students Perform at Veterans Day Event:  Garfield Elementary School's Grizzly Honor Choir (pictured) performed at the BSU Veterans Day event on Friday, November 11th.  They thanked our Veterans for their service to our country and also sang four songs to honor them.  The choir was honored to perform and was also allowed to take a photo out on the blue turf which was "very exciting for our students," said Teresa Finch, Garfield Music Specialist. 

Click on the following video image to watch the Grizzly Honor Choir perform. 

District Holiday Bazaar Gives Back to Our Community: The Annual Boise School District Holiday Bazaar (pictured) raised more than $630.00 for the Idaho Food Bank. The Bazaar was open to the public and held on Saturday, November 12th at West Junior High School. Hundreds of people turned out for this popular event that serves as a kick-off to the holiday season. Those who participated and sponsored a table brought a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Idaho Food Bank, or a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.  Net proceeds from the sale of table spaces, after advertising and custodial expenses, were donated to the Idaho Food Bank. The money raised will go toward the Idaho Food Bank Back Pack Program for Boise District students. "It's a great opportunity to help our community and our students," said Robi Hathorn, 2016 Holiday Bazaar organizer.  

Pictured L to R:  Jim Schmidt, Education Consultant, PCS Edventures; Michele Fischer, PCS STEM Curriculum Specialist; and Sonia Galaviz, 5th Grade Teacher, Garfield Elementary.
Donation to Help STEM Education:  A local donation made to the classroom of Sonia Galaviz, Garfield Elmentary School, will help improve STEM instruction (science, engineering, technology and math).   Recently, officials from PCS Edventures, a local STEM curriculum development company that's been part of the community for 30-years, donated a BrickLab package to use in the classroom to teach STEM concepts.  "T he materials (pictured) can be used in grades K-6 and are non-consumable in nature," said Jim Schmidt, Education Consultant, PCS Edventures. "We have these materials being used all over the world by teachers wanting to enhance the infusion of STEM into the classroom." The materials have a retail value of over $3000. "Sonia is a great example of the great teachers the Boise School District employs to educate our children and prepare them for the future," added Schmidt. 

STEM In Our Schools:  A number of schools in the Boise School District recently held STEM events for students. On December 5th, Hidden Springs Elementary took a new spin on their Hour of Code event this year. The school, led by STEM Specialist Brian Whitney, brainstormed with the help of the Idaho Virtual Reality Council, a new format to engage elementary students in an exciting Day of Code, in which hundreds of students engaged in collaborative computer programming. 

On Thursday, December 1st Valley View Elementary School held a STEM Day for all grades with hands-on STEM activities for students. On Tuesday, November 15th, Highlands Elmentary School held a STEM Night Event for parents and students. At  Garfield Elementary School, on December 5th, the school hosted its  second Hour of Code experience with co ding will taking place in every classroom, with every student (pictured).  

This focus on STEM has a mission - to work diligently to close the gap to STEM access, opportunity, and equity.  The STEM events also provide an interactive, engaging space that focuses on computer science, programming, and highlights the career opportunities that are possible in this field. Garfield's major partner is Boise State's Computer Science Department.  Additionally, mentors and coding experts from various industry sources (Micron,, various software engineers, etc.) were in each Garfield classroom and assisting with student problem solving.  "It's a great chance to create an intersection of school and community, while providing students with a low threat entry point to programming and computer science," explained 5th Grade Teacher Sonia Galaviz, Garfield. Click here to watch news coverage from KTVB-TV regarding Garfield's Hour of Code event. 

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Data Points - Reaction to President-Elect's Education Appointment: In his latest Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly takes a closer look at reaction to the President-Elect's recent Education Appointment.     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.  Read Dr. Coberly's blog post here

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

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Boise School District  
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