What's Happening in Boise School District

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. 

May 1:  Community Education's popular SPRING session enters its second week of classes. Review and enroll in one of hundreds of personal enrichment courses designed for learners of all ages! For more than 45 years, we've served as Boise's first choice for lifelong learning. Learn something new and meet new people by enrolling in a Community ED class today! 

May 1:   The Boise School Disrtict believes it is important to provide District residents with the opportunity to buy the District's bonds that were approved by voters during the bond election that was held on March 14, 2017.  

To facilitate this local bond sale effort, the District has directed its underwriter, Piper Jaffray, to schedule a special RETAIL ORDER PERIOD for individual orders on May 1, 2017 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.  

An Individual Retail Order is defined as: "An order up to a maximum of $250,000 placed for the account of an individual who is an Idaho resident." The term "individual" does not include bank trust departments, investment advisors or money managers, including separately managed accounts ("SMA"), acting on behalf of an individual nor does it include bank portfolios, insurance companies, bond funds, or municipalities.

The Institutional Order Period is scheduled for May 2, 2017 and will include Professional Retail Orders.  A Professional Retail Order is defined as "an order placed by a bank trust department, investment advisor or money manager, including SMAs, acting on behalf of an individual."   The term "professional retail" does not include bank portfolios, insurance companies, bond funds, or municipalities.

For more information, contact your broker or call Mychele Lindvall, Piper Jaffray at 1-800-552-0614.

May 4:  Taft Elementary School will host a Culture Festival to celebrate the school's diversity, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Taft families are invited to attend. 

May 8-12: National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week. Celebrate and recognize the dedicated teachers who make our Boise Schools so successful!
Use #ThankATeacher on social media to recognize the dedicated teachers who serve our students each and every day. Recognize your teachers for all they do for our students by donating directly to their classroom. You can donate on-line at boiseschoolsfoundation.com.  Teachers use the funds for whatever is needed most in their classroom - from books and supplies, to technology needs. 

May 8:  6th grade students from Koelsch Elementary School will participate in a field trip to the St. Al's Heart Clinic (1055 N. Curtis Road, Boise) from 1:00 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. to learn about general anatomy of the heart, causes of heart attack/stroke, common warning signs of a heart attack/stroke, ways to stay healthy and disease prevention, role of exercise, and diet & nutrition.   Koelsch PE Specialist Corinne Morgan will be leading the field trip, along with Koelsch staff and Koelsch family volunteers. Contact her at 854-5300 for more information.

May 9:  The general public is invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of the District's outstanding music students and staff at this year's Music Week School Night Event , to be held at Taco Bell Arena beginning at 7:30 p.m. No tickets are required. This popular event will feature nearly 2,000 student performers, from 4th grade through 12th grade, performing in honors choirs, bands and orchestras. 

May 10 & 11:  White Pine Elementary School will host a multi-cultural event to celebrate and recognize the diversity of the school.   White Pine Elementary School has students from 28 countries, who speak 27 different native languages. In celebration of this, White Pine will display exhibits about these countries in the school's gymnasium on M ay 10th and May 11th . This event  is the collective effort of White Pine's English Language Learner (ELL) students and families, the White Pine Student Council, Whie Pine art parents, and White Pine teachers. White Pine students will be visiting the gym throughout the two days, and White Pine parents are invited to join them. 

May 15:  Timberline High School Academic Assembly, 10 a.m., Auditorium.  This annual event celebrates and recognizes the many accomplishments of Timberline's outstanding students.

May 22:  Borah High School graduation ceremony, Taco Bell Arena, 7:00 p.m.

May 23:  Capital High School graduation ceremony,  Taco Bell Arena, 7:00 p.m.

May 25:  Booth-Marian Pritchett School graduation ceremony, 6:30 p.m., Timberline High Auditorium. 

May 26:  Timberline High School graduation ceremony, Taco Bell Arena, 7:00 p.m.

May 30:  Boise High School graduation ceremony,  Taco Bell Arena, 7:00 p.m.

June 1:  Frank Churchl High School spring graduation ceremony, Morrison Center, 7:00 p.m.

Boise's FIRST Robotics Team Earns Third Place at World Championships:   On April 19th - 22nd, Team Tators, Boise's FIRST Robotics Team (and sponsored by Treasure Valley Math & Science Center) competed in the World Championships for FIRST Robotics in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center. During this 4-day event, more than 15,000 students from around the world traveled to Houston, putting their innovation skills to the test. The four-day event, attended by nearly 30,000 people, came down to a heart-pounding conclusion Saturday night in front of thousands of cheering fans at Minute Maid Park. During the first three days, Team Tators with the three teams that they chose for their alliance, rose to the top of the Carver Division where 67 teams from around the world met to compete. "The Boise team was amazing in their focused performance and consistent displays of sportsmanship," said TVMSC Principal Dr. Holly MacLean. Click the following video image to watch Idaho 2 News coverage of the competition. 

A huge congratulations to the 36 students and six mentors for their amazingly successful robot and teamwork in earning the third place position at the 2017 FIRST Robotics World Championships in Houston, TX!

Semifinalists for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Announced: More Than Half from Boise Schools!:  Six Idaho students have been selected as semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program   , including four from the Boise School District with two brothers from Capital High selected for this distinguished honor.
The program  was created in 1964 to "recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors," according to a prepared statement from the  program , which added that the students have "demonstrated scholarship, leadership, artistic excellence and selfless service to others."

The 723 semi-finalists announced this week come from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and U.S. territories and possessions. They were selected from an initial set of 5,100 nominees from the 3.5 million eligible graduating seniors this year. Each state normally has two academic finalists named, a boy and a girl, both of whom must be U.S. citizens. It addition, the Commission on  Presidential   Scholars  may select finalists in the fields of the arts, and career-technical education. A total of up to 161 students may receive the  Presidential   Scholars  honor, which is a recognition  program , not a scholarship  program .

The finalists will be selected in May and invited to an all-expense-paid trip to the National Recognition  Program  in June in Washington, D.C. They will be awarded their  Presidential   Scholars  Medallion during a ceremony at the White House.

Idaho's semifinalists are:
*             Stephen Casper of Skyline High School in Idaho Falls.
*             Elizabeth S. Lee of Boise High School in Boise.
*             Kathy M. Min of Centennial High School in Boise.
*             Ellie K. Van De Graaff of Capital High School in Boise. 
*             Andrew and Henry Zhang of Capital High School in Boise.

Boise School District
U.S. Presidential Scholar Semifinalists

Elizabeth Lee
Boise High School

Ellie Van De Graaff
Capital High School

Andrew Zhang
Capital High School

Henry Zhang
Capital High School

Boise District Students Earn Awards at Annual SkillsUSA Idaho Competition & Qualify for Nationals:  Boise School District students earned some major awards in this year's Idaho SkillsUSA Competition. Students from the Dennis Technical Education Center and Timberline High School competed in the SkillsUSA Idaho State Leadership and Skills Conference April 6th and 7th in Nampa. A list of Skills USA Idaho Awardees shows that a large number of Boise District students have now qualfied for the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in June. 

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. Students are provided instruction to enable them to pursue careers in electronics, auto and diesel technology, collision repair, information and media technologies, welding, machining, construction, and many more!  SkillsUSA's mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

Jacob Godby
Capital High School
Capital High Student Accepted into NASA Summer Program:  Capital High School junior Jacob Godby (pictured) has been selected for this year's STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) High School Internship program in collaboration with The University of Texas Center for Space Research and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The program will take place from July 15 to July 29, 2017 at The University of Texas at Austin. "You represent a truly remarkable pool of talent and we have great confidence that the goals and plans you described, the classes you take and the careers that follow, will lead to your success in the future STEM workforce and leadership," wrote the STEM Enhancement in Earth Science Team in their acceptance letter written to Jacob Godby. 

Sophie Van Pelt
TVMSC & Borah High School Junior 
TVMSC Student Accepted into MIT Summer Program:   Treasure Valley Math & Science Center student Sophie Van Pelt (pictured) has been accepted into Massachusetts Institute of Technology's MITES Program this summer.   The 2017 Minority Introduction To Engineering and Science (MITES) Program is a six-week residential program for rising high school seniors that will be held June 10 to July 21, 2017. Van Pelt was selected from a nationwide pool of over 2,400 applicants to participate in this competitive program.  Van Pelt would like to thank the support of the Boise School District's Treasure Valley Math & Science Center for allowing her this opportunity.  "The school (TVMSC) pushed my academic capabilities and I developed a work ethic that will help me for the rest of my life," said Sophie. "I truly want to thank you (TVMSC Principal Dr. Holly MacLean) and all of the teachers at TVMSC for providing the background and knowledge for students like me to succeed. Hard work pays off." 

Alexa Borden
 TVMSC  & Boise High School Sophomore
TVMSC & Boise High Student Selected to Participate in Rain Forest Expedition:   Alexa Borden (pictured) is in the 10th grade at Boise High and in the 10th cohort at TVMSC.  
She was just informed that she was selected to participate in one of the Jason Argonaut Expeditions for a week in October of this year.  Alexa will travel to Malaysia for a week in October (all expenses paid) to be part of a 36 person international research team conducting field research in the rain forest.  " She is one of the drivers for the 'Chickadees' FIRST Robotics team and an amazing all around person," said TVMSC Principal Dr. Holly MacLean.   The application for consideration for this opportunity took Alexa several months in the fall semester and included making a video and gaining recommendations on her behalf. 

East Junior High Students Nationally Recognized:   Nine students from East Jr. High (pictured) have each been selected as recipients of the  2017 National Junior Honor Society Outstanding Achievement Award! They will each receive a $500 award, which will be placed in a college savings account, to be managed by OppenheimerFunds (OFI Private Investments) as part of the New Mexico Education Trust Board's 529 college savings plan - The Education Plan. 
There will be 500 scholarships given around the country this year.  The East students selected are Stella Blumenstein, JeongHyun (Jay) Chae, Kylie Casper, Gemma Unrein, Sophia McKay, Anna Miles, Mason Slaughter, Madeline Oppenheimer, and Yewon Chu. 

Timberline High Jazz Ensemble Wins Awards:  Th e Timberline Jazz Ensemble traveled to Pasco, Washington April 15th & 16th and won 1st Place in their class of 12 bands, as well as Outstanding Musicianship awards for Colton Shaner on trumpet, Sebastian Houk on trumpet and the Overall Oustanding Section Award for the trumpets.  In addition, On April 7th, the Timberline Jazz Ensemble performed at the 20th Annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival. The band received a superior rating, and was selected as the Festival's winning 5A jazz ensemble to perform on the evening headliner concert with Gordon Goodwin and the Big Phat Band. Colton Shaner was also selected as an Outstanding Soloist on Trumpet.  Also, on Friday, April 14th, the Timberline Concert Bands won awards for their performance at the District 3 Festival. Both the Concert Band and the Wind Symphony received straight Division 1 Superior ratings, and the Wind Symphony received the highest score of the festival. 

Fourth Annual Girls Powered STEM Event Camp:   Boise School District is pleased to announce the  Fourth Annual Girls Powered STEM Camp to be held this summer on  June 8th and 9th, 2017.   This is a free camp for girls entering into 4th, 5th or 6th grades in the 2017-18 school year.  Last year, registration for the camp filled up within an hour.  Registration opens online on  May 9th at 8:00 a.m.  for the first 150 students.

TEM Revolution Summer Camps:

Designed by Stanford and MIT graduates, STEM Revolution Camps (formerly known as STEMbusUSA) provide students with fun and engaging opportunities to explore science and technology with no experience needed.  Each camp is filled with exciting, hands-on experiences designed to build interest, knowledge, and technical skills the campers can take with them into the classroom and beyond.  The camps will run June - July 2017, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  For more information, visit www.stemrevolution.com/camps

Jaden McGinty, Boise High School
(Photo provided by Big Tree Arts)
Boise High Student Wins Poetry Event/Qualifies for Nationals:    This year, Boise High 11th grade student Jaden McGinty (pictured) participated in Poetry Slams through Big Tree Arts.  With his consecutive wins, he earned points to participate in the Poetry Slam Finals.  On Friday April 14th, Jaden competed in the Poetry Slam Finals at Ming Studios and earned second place and a spot on the Idaho's Slam Poetry team.  He now has the opportunity to compete in Denver for the National Poetry Slam Finals in August.  Jaden  is on the Boise High Debate team and is in Creative Writing, both of which have encouraged his passion.

Attention Booth-Marian Pritchett Graduates, Past-Students and Teachers:   Please join The Salvation Army on Thursday, May 11th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pioneer Room, JUMP (Jack's Urban Meeting Place), 1000 W. Myrtle St., Boise, for the historic Daffodil Tea and Lunch in support of the Booth Marian Pritchett School Program for Pregnant and Parenting Teens. This unique partnership between the Boise School District and The Salvation Army helps ensure that teen moms (and dads) are able to stay in school and earn their high school diploma. 
Nearly 10,000 young women (plus their children) have been helped by this program over the last 96 years. Help share the word about this celebration, as the hope is to make the Daffodil Tea an annual tradition for not only past students, but everyone in our community whose life has been touched by Booth (formerly know as Booth Memorial Hospital) and the Marian Pritchett School.   

Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.BoothDaffodilTea.com.  Tickets are $40 for the general public, $20 for past-students and teachers.    There are also a few complimentary tickets still available for recent graduates.  Please call Kendelle Sundell at 383-4235 for more information.   

Brooke Kerley
Borah High School
Borah & Timberline High Schools Win Honors:   Borah High School won top honors in the 2017 Idaho High School Writing Contest sponsored by Media Network I daho. Seven students from Borah won first place honors in the contest  and Timberline High School won first place in two categories.   
Brooke Kerley (pictured),  a Borah senior, was named the Gladys Swank Top Senior Student.  Kerley placed first in the feature story category and second in sports writing. She plans to attend college and major in journalism.

The winners were honored at a recent luncheon in Boise. Cathy Koon of St. Anthony, president of Media Network Idaho, presented the students with their award certificates and cash prizes for first place honors.

First place winners in the Idaho contest are now eligible to advance to the National Federation of Press Women's national high school journalism contest where the entries compete with first place winners from other states. The national first place award winners will be recognized at the NFPW national conference  Sept. 9 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Top area student winners by category include:
Opinion:  1) Juliann Daw, Borah; 2) Elaina Swanson, Borah; 3) Demi Nicole Manglona, Borah.
News Story: 1) Moses Rodriguez, Borah;  2) Demi Nicole Manglona, Borah; 3) Elaina Swanson, Borah.
Feature story: 1) Brooke Kerley, Borah; 2) Isabelle Robison, Borah; 3) Ariel Cordova, Borah; and 3) Katie Sparhawk, Timberline; Honorable Mention) Talia Miller, Timberline.
Sports Story: 1) Schyler Voshell, Timberline; 2) Brooke Kerley, Borah; 3) Baylee London, Borah; Honorable Mention) Skye Vialpando, Borah.
Columns or Blogs: 1) Corissa Campbell, Borah; 2) Spencer W Lay, Timberline; 3) Alexander Benson, Timberline; Honorable Mention) Demi Nicole Manglona, Borah.
News or Feature Photo:  2) Baylee London, Borah; 3) Heidi Johnson, Borah.
Sports Photo: 2) Amber French, Borah
Cartooning: 1) Gabriel Abille, Borah, Gun Free School Zone & Lock Down.
Review: 1) Ariel Cordova, Borah; 2) Taylor Parsons, Timberline; 3) Elaina Swanson, Borah; Honorable Mention) Skye Vialpando, Borah.
Graphics/photo illustration: 1) Olivia Tocher, Timberline.
Video Feature Story: 1) Baylee London, Borah.

Michelle Harmon
Borah High School Journalism Teacher
In addition, Borah High School Journalism Teacher, Michelle Harmon (pictured), won first place honors in the 2017 Media Network Idaho (MNI) professional communications contest. Harmon won first place for her personality profile about the Executive Director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. 

The profile was published in the Dow Jones Fund's Adviser Update, a publication for teachers of scholastic journalism. The publication is called the top publication for high school journalism teachers and media advisers.  Read more about the awards Borah students and Journalism Teacher Michelle Harmon received in this article written by Borah Senator's Editor-In-Chief Demi Manglona.  

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.       

Data Points - This & That For April: In his latest Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly takes a closer look at education news for the month of April.     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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