What's Happening in Boise Schools
Boise School District's Everything's Possible movement shares the dreams, aspirations and experiences of our students and teachers. Idaho's next generation of movers and shakers is in public school classrooms today. Boise teachers are on the front line every day, investing time and energy to make students like Peyton feel supported and engaged. Please Like, Follow and Share her story below on social media.
Did you know there are four schools with Pre-k classrooms in the Boise School District? Kindergarten can be a lot to handle, for everyone involved, and we're dedicated to making that an easier, more successful process for parents and their children.
Kindergarten plays a vital role in getting our youngest kids emotionally, mentally, and physically ready for years of learning. The Boise School District offers kindergarten at every elementary school, including full-day programs at 15!
Boise High Senior Named a Top Scholar: The Society for Science & the Public is proud to share that Boise High School senior Jayanth Mouli (pictured) has been named a Top 300 Scholar in the 79th Regeneron Science Talent Search - the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. Jayanth is the only scholar from Idaho in 2020 and will receive a $2,000 award. Boise High will also receive $2,000 to use towards STEM-related activities.
East Junior High Student Receives Essay Scholarship: Violet Conklin (pictured) , 9th grade, East Junior High School is one of only two Idaho students to receive an essay scholarship as part of a contest sponsored by  Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a non-profit committed to ensuring that ALL students leave high school with the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex financial world.
Alliance Will Help Prepare Students To Enter The Workforce: A signing ceremony held between Boise School District's Dennis Technical Education Center and U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration marks a new partnership (one of the first in Idaho) to train students in occupational safety and health hazards and help prepare students to enter the workforce. As part of the ceremony, seventeen DTEC students received their OSHA 10 Certification Card - a major accomplishment toward entering the workforce.
Boise District Educator Featured in National Video: Borah High School Environmental Science Teacher Gina Lockwood is featured in a national video produced by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust about the Partners in Science program - an initiative partnering high school science teachers with research mentors to expand their scientific horizons.
Willamette University Musicians to Perform at Capital High School: The Willamette University Chamber Choir and Willamette Singers, under the direction of Wallace Long , will perform Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, 7:30 p.m. at Capital High School, 8055 W. Goddard R., Boise, ID 83704. The performance will include a variety of sacred and secular works, both a cappella and accompanied. Capital High School choirs, directed by Willamette graduate, Joie Cariaga and Boise High School choirs, directed by David Burton will also perform in the concert. The concert is free and open to the public, although a goodwill donation is encouraged.
The Willamette University
Chamber Choir
The Willamette University
Willamette Singers
Paul Tillotson Music Scholarship Concert: Borah High School will hold the Paul Tillotson Music Scholarship Concert on Tuesday, January 21 beginning at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium. This year's concert will feature Justin Nielsen , Jim Kassis and Rod Wray with the Borah High Jazz Band, Choir & Orchestra. Jazz pianist Paul Tillotson, a South Junior High and Borah High School graduate, died after a long battle with cancer in 2016. Tillotson grew up in Boise, playing around town as a teenager with the Young Jazz Lions, a group he started with singer and saxophonist Curtis Stigers , bassist Rod Wray and drummer Jim Kassis. He would raise funds for a number of charities, including his alma mater Borah High School’s music scholarship program.

Each month, 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. 

On Monday, January 13, 2020, the Board of Trustees presented the Red Apple Award to  Andrew Porter , 9th grade English Teacher, North Junior High School, pictured receiving the award from Trustee Dave Wagers

For the Golden Apple Award, the Board honored  Cindy Scriver , Title I Paraprofessional, Taft Elementary School, pictured receiving the award from Trustee Dr. Troy Rohn .

Review the words of nomination for  Andrew Porter  and review the words of nomination for  Cindy Scriver
Andrew Porter
9th Grade English Teacher
North Junior High School
January 2020 Red Apple Award
Cindy Scriver
Title I Paraprofessional
Taft Elementary School
January 2020 Golden Apple Award
Boise School District Receives National Budget Presentation Award: Boise School District has been selected to receive the 2019–2020 Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). The district has been participating in the MBA program for 17 years, and this is the 17th consecutive year that the District has received this prestigious award.
Do you want to learn more about the hottest growing jobs? Then be sure to attend the 2020 STEM Expo on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. That’s when you’ll learn from nurses, engineers, cybersecurity experts, physicians, skilled trades workers, software designers, geologists, STEM students, architects, contractors, university representatives, computer programmers and more about what it takes to successfully pursue a career in a wide variety of STEM fields.

All Boise School District junior high school and senior high school students and their parents are invited to attend this year’s STEM Expo 2020. The STEM Expo is free and will be held at the Dennis Technical Education Center, 3324 S. Pro Tech Drive, Boise (behind the District Services Center on Victory Road). Exhibits open at 5 p.m. and panel discussions begin at 5:30 p.m. 

 What are your student’s goals? What courses should your student take? What options does the Boise School District offer for Math, Science, English and Social Studies? Boise School District will hold a series of information nights for parents to answer these questions.

Who Should Attend:  5th - 7th Grade Parents

Why:  To help parents make informed decisions about what course options are best for their student based on their goals

Where and When : Parents may attend any of the remaining curriculum meetings at these locations and times:

  • Timberline High Auditorium, January 14, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Hillside Jr. High Gym, January 15, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Riverglen Jr. High Cafeteria, January 28, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Learn something new in the New Year! Take a Community Education class! Online enrollment is going on now! Choose from more than three hundred personal enrichment classes. Review our Winter 2020 course catalog . We offer classes for all ages!
Parents, it's up to you! The first few years of life are critical to your child's brain development.

Read aloud 15 MINUTES to your child every day to:

  • Grow vocabulary and knowledge
  • Bond and provide enriching engagement
  • Foster a love of books and learning

 When winter weather comes our way, the Boise School District has a plan to keep our students safe. Learn more about the District's Winter Weather Procedures  or click on the adjacent image to view a video explaining the procedures.  
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 .
  • January 14: Curriculum Parent Night, Timberline High Auditorium, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
  • January 14: North End Neighborhood Vision Workshop, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., North Jr. High
  • January 15: Curriculum Parent Night, Hillside Jr. High Gym, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
  • January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No school Pre K-12
  • January 21: Paul Tillotson Music Scholarship Concert, 7 p.m., Borah High School Auditorium.
  • January 22: STEM Expo
  • January 28: Curriculum Parent Night, Riverglen Jr. High Cafeteria, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
  • January 29: Montessori Parent Information Night, Liberty Elementary School, 6-6:30 p.m.
News Media Contact: 
Dan Hollar 
Public Affairs Administrator 
Boise School District 
(208) 854-4064 
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