What's Happening in Boise School District

April 10:   Boise School Board meeting, 6:00 p.m. Facilities and Operations Building, 6625 S. Elite Dr., Boise.  The Board will: receive monthly consent agenda items that they will review and vote on; receive an update on Grading and K-6 Report Card; vote to certify the 2017 bond election results; receive the bond financing plan and resolution and vote on first and second reading of Board policies. When available, complete meeting agenda will be posted here. Public is invited to attend. 

April 11:    12th 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. Local news media representatives are invited to cover this event.

April 11:
  Boise School District parents/guardians are invited to attend an informational meeting to learn more about grading in today's schools.   Grading in Schools Today  will feature Internationally-known Educator, Author and Speaker Tom Schimmer.  The meeting will be held in the Auditorium at Borah High School, 6001 W. Cassia Rd., Boise, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  

Tom Schimmer

April 13:  Timberline High's TREE Club is hosting a Science Showcase on April 13th from 5:30-8 pm in the cafeteria and just outside, weather permitting. "We'll have inspirational science speakers and hands-on activities from a couple dozen science related groups & individuals throughout the Treasure Valley," said Dick Jordan, organizer and retired Timberline Science Teacher. Participating organizations/individuals include: the World Center for Birds of Prey, Aquarium of Boise, Snow School, various businesses, EMT's, engineers, veterinarians, the Discover Center, Botanical Gardens, Zoo Boise, not to mention all the starfish, raptors, rocks, bugs, snakes, fossils, solar panels, plants, computers for coding and amazing demonstrations from the BSU Chemistry & Physics Clubs.  "We're trying to shine a very bright light on science and show the world how it touches our lives in every imaginable way," added Jordan. Note:  Members of the local news media are invited to cover this event. 

April 14:   Each year Boise, the "City of Trees", celebrates Arbor Day by planting a tree at a Boise elementary school. This year, Maple Grove Elementary School, 2800 S. Maple Grove Rd., Boise, has been chosen to be the site of the Arbor Day Celebration by the City of Boise. A school-wide assembly will be held at 1:00 p.m. and then at 2:00 p.m. Boise Mayor Dave Bieter will join with City of Boise forestry officials to plant a tree on the school campus. Note: Members of the local news media are invited to cover this event. 

April 14:  Capital High School's 13th Annual Academic Assembly, 9:20 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., gymnasium, 8055 W. Goddard, Boise. The theme of this year's Academic Assembly is Global Thinkers. Note: Local news media representatives are invited to cover this event as we recognize the academic achievement of outstanding Capital High students. 

April 14:   Borah High School's Annual Senator's Choice Assembly from 9:22 a.m. to 10:22 a.m. in the school's main gymnasium, 6001 W. Cassia St., Boise. This important celebration honors the hard work, dedication, compassion and accomplishments of outstanding Borah High students. Note: Local news media representatives are invited to cover this event.

April 21:   An innovative Idaho school-based cancer prevention education program will be on display for members of the local news media to cover and experience at Fairmont Junior High School, 2121 N. Cole Rd., Boise.  The program,   Healthy Habits, Healthy U was developed in collaboration with St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute, Boise State University and Boise School District. 

Since 2014, over 6,000 4th and 8th grade students have participated in HHHU. Currently all eight junior high schools and 10 elementary schools in the Boise School District are participating in HHHU during the 2016-17 academic year.

On Friday, April 21st, Fairmont Health Teacher Cassie Tipton will lead her students through a lesson plan focused on the positive connection between increased physical activity, healthy food and beverage choices and reduced cancer risks.  

St. Luke's Pathology Department provides students with a unique opportunity by donating cancerous and noncancerous tissue samples for the students to examine in small groups. Boise State University students and MSTI staff will guide the unique hands-on activity in which students examine cancerous and non-cancerous organ tissue samples. This small group activity aids the student's understanding of how health habits can impact organ function and increase cancer risks.  

Note: Members of the local news media are invited to visit any of Ms. Tipton's following Health classes (please check-in at main school office upon arrival). Officials from St. Luke's MSTI, and undergraduate student interns from Boise State University wil be on hand for interviews, as will Ms. Tipton and some of her students.  

Healthy Habits, Healthy U Lesson
Friday, April 21, 2017
Fairmont Junior High School
Health Class
Ms. Cassie Tipton 

1st 7:50 a.m. - 8:42 a.m.
2nd 8:40 a.m. - 9:32 a.m.
3rd  9:46 a.m. - 10:33 a.m.
5th 11:26 a.m. - 12:13 p.m.
8th 1:43 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

April 22:   Week of the Young Child Celebration, 11 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Idaho Botantical Garden, sponsored by the Association for the Education of Young Children.  Family-friendly outdoor celebration with something for the whole family, fun for the kids (birth - 8 years) and valuable community resources for parents.  

Special Announcement Regarding Public Sale of Bonds:    The Boise School Disrtict believes it is important to provide District residents with the opportunity to buy the District's recently approved bonds. To facilitate this local bond sale effort, the District has directed its underwriter, Piper Jaffray, to schedule a special RETAIL ORDER PERIOD as part of the bond sale and to make local retail orders the highest priority when allocating the bonds to investors.  Additionally, the underwriter has arranged for D.A. Davidson to participate in the retail order period. Some of the details of the retail order period can be found here .  

Borah Student's Art Design Selected for ACHD Sweeper:   Borah High School sophomore Amber Robison's graphic art design has been selected to appear on one of Ada County Highway District's sweeper trucks (see adjacent photo) as part of ACHD's Sweeper Art Contest.  A total of 65 entries were received and the five art designs selected were created by Boise School District students (see list below): 
  • Amelie Nichols, grade 6, Highlands Elementary. Award presentation to be held on Friday, April 21st at 9:00 a.m. at Highlands Elementary, 3434 N. Bogus Basin Rd., Boise (Local news media representatives are invited to attend the awards ceremony).
  • Ruby Walker, grade 6, Washington Elementary. Award presentation to be held on Friday, April 7th at 2:30 p.m. at Washington Elementary School, 1607 N. 15th St., Boise. (Local news media representatives are invited to attend the awards ceremony.)
  • Amber Robison, grade 10, Borah High School
  • Olivia Tocher,  grade 12, Timberline High School
  • Cate Knothe, grade 10, Boise High School 
T he ACHD Sweeping Program is an integral part of keeping  our streets and the environment clean. ACHD's sweeping crew has 22 sweepers that operate year round removing leaves, dirt,
litter and debris from the streets. If debris isn't cleaned off the roadway it has the potential to enter into the storm drain system, polluting our streams and rivers.

Dennis Career Tech Center Student Wins Contest: Olivia Tocher, (pictured) a 12th grade Graphic Design student enrolled at the Dennis Career Technical Education Center, has won the Idaho Skills USA T-Shirt Art Design Contest. Her artwork features the State of Idaho and many of the popular features about living and working in the Gem State. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce by providing career and technical educational programs, events, and competitions. Careers in: electronics, auto and diesel technology, collision repair, information and media technologies, welding, machining, construction, and many more.

Discover the Dennis Career Technical Education Center:  The Dennis Career Technical Education Center is featured in a newly-produced video by Capital High Video Broadcasting students. Click the adjacent image to view the video and discover what the Dennis Center can do for you and your future!

Timberline Senior Serving as Idaho FCCLA State President:   Kassidi Peterson (pictured), Timberline senior, is wrapping up her year serving as Idaho FCCLA State President. Timberline Family and Consumer Science Teacher Patches Moats says  Kassidi "has represented the Boise School District with integrity, responsibility, dependability and joy." "She's the truest example of student leadership."  Asked to reflect on her year of service, Kassidi had this to share:  " I'd say Idaho Family Career and Community Leaders of America has given me the ability and opportunity to expand my leadership. I've been able to work closely with students around the state and teach them leadership skills I developed through my own experiences in FCCLA. This has given me the confidence to speak in front of people, sharing my ideas and thoughts, to better our lives today and the world tomorrow."   FCCLA, short for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, is a cocurricular organization that aims to help youth in public and private schools with family bonds, careers, and participation in the community.

Timberline Quadrant Student Musicians Recognized:  The following Timberline Quadrant Band students recently participated in the District III Solo festival at BSU and received Superior ratings from the judges, finishing 1st or 2nd in each category, which automatically qualifies them for the state solo competition at Post Falls High School in early May.
  • Oliver Blumenstein, bassoon - 1st place - THS 11th grade
  • Sebastian Houk, trumpet - 1st place - THS 12th grade
  • Emma Charlier, marimba - 1st place - THS 11th grade
  • Tessa Smith, bassoon - 2nd place - THS 12th grade
  • Wesley Nieslen, euphonium - 2nd place - THS 10th grade
  • Noah Russel, snare drum - 2nd place - East JHS 9th grade
  • Minjun Kwak, alto saxophone - 2nd place - East JHS 9th grade

East Junior High School Students Recognized:  The following music students from East Junior High School were recently recognized:  
  • Four East Band students auditioned for and were selected to take part in the All-State conference Band back in November. Minjun Kwak, Josh Dittrich, JeongHyun Chae and Yewon Chu all auditioned and were selected out of all high school musicians in Idaho.
  • JeongHyun Chae was also selected to take part in the All-Northwest Clinic Band this past February. He was selected from all 9-12 graders in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming.
  • Minjun Kwak will be featured with the Meridian Symphony as the winner of their Young Artist Competition. He will be a featured alto saxophone soloist and will be accompanied by the Meridian Symphony. That performance is on Saturday, April 22nd at 7:30 at the Centennial High School Performing Arts Center.
  • Minjun Kwak and Noah Russel recently participated in the District III Solo festival at BSU and received Superior ratings from the judges, finishing 2nd in Alto saxophone and Snare Drum, respectively, which automatically qualifies them for the state solo competition at Post Falls High School in early May.

It's Prom Time!:   The Assistance League of Boise wants to remind high school students and parents/guardians that they offer tuxedos and dresses for rent so students can afford to attend their high school prom. Click here  and here for further information.  

Love to Learn? Enroll Today in a SPRING Community ED Class:  Boise School District offers hundreds of lifelong learning classes for learners of all ages through our Community Education program. Register for our spring classes today at  www.boiselearns.org  Choose from more than two hundred personal enrichment courses. Spring session runs April 24th through May 18th. This spring, learn something new and meet new people.  Enroll today!

Summer Jobs with the Boise School District:   It's that time of year again! Every summer the Boise School District employs students for a summer position as a summer laborer. Click here  for more information on applying. 


Now Open:  SUEZ Student Water Conservation Video Contest:  This fun and important contest is open to any student in the Boise School District enrolled in grades 9-12.  Individuals or teams create one video commercial promoting water conservation submitted in both a 25-seconds length and 10-seconds length.  Frist, second and third place entries will air on local television stations during the summer water conservation season. The first place spot will also air on Idaho Public Television (IPTV. The winner(s) will be invited to the IPTV editing room and will be highlighted in their monthly magazine, Channels.  Videos must be submitted by April 28, 2017. Click here to review contest rules and forms. 

Data Points - Advanced Degrees, Average Salaries & Student-Teacher Ratios (Part 1): In his latest Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly takes a closer look at advanced teaching degrees in part 1 of a series of articles entitled Advanced Degrees, Average Salaries and Student-Teacher Ratios.   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.

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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