What's Happening in Boise School District

April 21:  The public is invited to join Hawthorne Elementary School to celebrate the earth and expanding education beyond the concrete walls into a school garden and environmental education at Hawthorne's 4th Annual Earth Day Health Fair. The event will run  from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the school located at 2401 W. Targee St. This family-friendly function is free and will feature fun educational experiences from local organizations and Hawthorne's  very own classrooms, including: backyard chickens, bunnies, worm composting, seed planting, art projects, healthy snacks, and local honeybees.

April 21:   An innovative Idaho school-based cancer prevention education program will be on display from 7:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 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.  Further information can be found in the Boise School District media advisory about this event.

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.  

April 28:   Boise High School  Heart of the Brave Academic Assembly, 9:20 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. in the school's new gymnasium. Student accomplishments for the 2016-17 school year will be recognized and honored. 

April 28:  Garfield Elementary School will host Festival of Colors event for Garfield families with music, international food potluck, a fun run, games and prizes from 6:00 p.m. to 8:0 p.m. at the school located at 1914 S. Broadway Ave., Boise. 

Top Performing Students & Selected Educators Honored at Annual Boise Rotary Scholars Program:  The top 100 graduating seniors, the Century Scholars, from Boise's public and non-public high schools were celebrated at the 12th Annual Boise Rotary Century Scholars program held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. High achieving students from Bishop Kelly, Boise, Borah, Capital, Frank Church, Riverstone, Sage and Timberline high schools were profiled and honored by family, friends and representatives of our community's business, government, civic, education and service sectors. In addition to the 100 Boise Rotary Century Scholars being recognized, students were accompanied by an educator they selected as having significant influence on their academic development during their school career. Review the names of those students honored as 2017 Boise Rotary Century Scholars

Secondary Students Earn Awards at Idaho Science Olympiad:  Fairmont Junior High School took home the 2nd Place Trophy at the 2017 Idaho Science Olympiad held at Northwest Nazarene University, while Capital High School (the reigning Idaho Science Olympia High School Champion from 2016) took home the 3rd Place Trophy.  The event features a number of events focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.   A team from West Junior High School also competed. 

Capital High School
2017 Science Olympiad Team
3rd Place Idaho Science Olympiad
(High School Division)

Fairmont Junior High School
2017 Science Olympiad Team
2nd Place Idaho Science Olympiad
(Junior High School Division)

Elementay School Student Headed to National Spelling Bee:   Highlands Elementary School 4th grader Delaney Williams (pictured) is headed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee after winning the southwest Idaho regional spelling bee. The 90th National Spelling Bee will be held May 31 and June 1, 2017 from the Gaylord National near Washington, D.C. 

Kaylee Jensen
6th Grade Student Maple Grove  Elementary School

Boise District Elementary Students Making  National and World Headlines:  Kaylee Jensen (pictured) is a 6th grade student at Maple Grove Elementary School. She recently participated in the Idaho Miss Amazing Competition , and was chosen to represent the State of Idaho at the National Miss Amazing Competition in Chicago, Illinois this summer.

Aden Attao
6th Grade Student Whitney Elementary School 

Aden Attao (pictured) is a 6th grade student at Whitney Elementary School who competes nationally in the sport of wrestling. Aden was recently selected to be part of a team based out of Wisconsin that will represent the United States at the Easter Greco Roman Tournament in Utrecht, Netherlands in April.

High School Students Earn National Recognition:  Two Timberline High School students have earned National Medals in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers:  Emily Comstock - GOLD and Kyle Kerr -SILVER.  Their work was selected by creative professionals as the most accomplished in the nation.  This year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted.  Less than 1% were recognized at the national level.  Students receiving top Awards have been invited to attend a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on June 8 and to participate in showcase events at Parsons School for Design at The New School and Pratt Institute's Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City.  

Emily Comstock
Timberline High School

Kyle Kerr
Timberline High School

High School Students Receive Literary Awards:  Idaho Commission for Libraries announces that three Timberline High students have earned awards in this year's Letters about Literature competition.  The  24th Annual Letters about Literature contest, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is a writing and reading contest for students in grades 4-12. Students receiving awards include:
  • 1st place: Sabrina Zerrade for her letter to Chinua Achebe for Things Fall Apart;
  • 3rd place: Elena McHargue for her letter to Andy Mulligan for Trash; and
  • Honorable Mention Kathryn Braley for her letter to Robert Frost for The Road Not Taken. 
On April 28, the Idaho Commission for Libraries will be hosting a luncheon event to honor the winners. This is the 4th year in a row that Timberline Language Arts Teacher David Archibald-Seiffer has had award winners in this activity in his Accelerated English classes. 

Where Are They Now? Boise District Graduate Offered $1,000,000 to Work at Google:   Luke Harmon-Vellotti , pictured, (2013 Graduate - Boise High and Treasure Valley Math & Science Center) has been offered a position with Google as a software developer that has a total value of $1,000,000 over four years in a mix of both cash and stock. At a time when most 18-year olds are looking forward to beginning college, 18-year old Harmon-Vellotti is preparing for his new employement at Google. This year over 3,000,000 job applications were received by Google which has a selection rate of just 0.2%. Luke is well known throughout Idaho as an International Chess Master, 4X National chess champion, and 10x member of the United States All American Team. His former academic accomplishments include: AP National Scholar with Distinction, three-time State Champion for both Math and Science Bowl, and a perfect math SAT score, as well as, a position on the Math Olympiad team.  

Luke enrolled at UCLA age the age of 14 on the prestigious E. Roe and Penny Stamps Leadership merit scholarship which covered his expenses for all four years of his undergraduate education. The foundation stated that Luke was chosen for his "leadership, scholarship, perseverance, service, and innovation." He has kept a journal of his scholastic experience and achievements to inspire other Idaho youth to prepare for success at www.LukeVellotti.com 

Counselor in the News:  Career Counselor, Ann Marie Waibel (pictured), Frank Church High School, is featured in the most recent national publication, The Journal of College Admission, on page 7.

Educator Selected for TWIN Award:  Sheila Miller, Borah High School Spanish and Japanese Language Instructor, was honored on April 4th by the Women's and Children's Alliance for being selected to receive a TWIN Award (Tribute to Women in Industry), which honors women who have excelled in their fields and made signficant contributions to their industry/profession.  She is pictured with Boise District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly during the awards luncheon.  

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 .  

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.  

Thirsty for Knowledge? 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!

JFK Now Enrolling:  Boise School District's Just for Kids childcare program is now taking enrollment for Summer 2017. Click here to learn more. 

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. 

JFK Now Hiring:  Boise School District's Just For Kids childcare program is hiring for summer. Applicants 17 years old will be considered for summer employment. Click here to apply for these classified positions. 

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 2): In his latest Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly takes a closer look at student-teacher ratios in part 2 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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