What's Happening in Boise Schools
In this Everything’s Possible moment, we share a post highlighting Katherine Parks, teacher, Riverside Elementary School. We're fortunate to have dedicated and passionate educators like Ms. Parks. Help show your support for Boise’s public schools and pride in your student by sharing Ms. Park's post with your friends and family.
Two District staff members recently received awards from the Idaho Education Association during the IEA's 2019 Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Coeur d'Alene, ID.

Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly received the IEA Friend of Education Award. The Friend of Education Award is presented to a person or persons who have made a special and unique contribution to the cause of education over an extended period of time and particularly in the last year. Dr. Coberly was nominated by Boise Education Association President Stephanie Myers

Timberline High School Paraprofessional Bree Wildman received the Membership Recruiter Award which is presented to a person or persons who have made a special or unique contribution to membership recruitment and retention, particularly in the last year.
For the eleveth straight year, Capital High School has met the criteria to be listed among America's Most Challenging High Schools, as ranked by The Washington Post. Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly presented an award commemorating this national distinction to Capital High School Principal Sandy Winters during the school's Academic Assembly held on Friday, April 12, 2019.

Watch the following video to learn more.
On Friday, April 5, 2019, Garfield Elementary School students presented one-thousand hand-made paper cranes to community members to practice and encourage kindness, hope and peace toward others. Kindness projects are supported throughout Boise schoools and this project serves as another example of how our students express kindness to one another and to the citizens of our community. 

Watch the following video to learn more.
The Idaho Financial Literacy Coalition has announced the recipients of the annual Piggy Bank Beauty Contest as part of America Saves Week in February. There were four categories: Funniest, Prettiest, Most Creative and Celebrity Look Alike. 
Idaho Governor Brad Little has proclaimed April as Financial Literarcy Month and presented the following students with their awards during a ceremony on April 2, 2019.

  • Alexis Wiseman, 3rd Grade at Riverside Elementary School – Pinocchio Piggy
  •  Ashelyn Hill, 4th Grade at Valley View Elementary School – Kim Kardashian Piggy
  • The third award recipient, Brook Ford, attends school in West Ada – Creative Piggy
Boise School District will expand our Pre-Kindergarten program in the 2019-2020 school year to better serve the needs of students and parents. The District currently offers Pre-Kindergarten programs at Hawthorne and Whitney elementary schools and will also offer Pre-Kindergarten programs at Garfield and Whittier elementary schools beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. The Hawthorne and Whitney Pre-K programs are offered in collaboration with the City of Boise and the Boise School District.  Learn more...
On Saturday, April 6, 2019 the Timberline High School Speech and Debate Team competed in District speech. The team took 6th overall, and the following students qualified to compete the weekend of April 13 at Rocky Mountain High School:

Ian Hadrick/Rose Thompson in Duo Interpretation 
Ian Hadrick in Impromptu Speaking
Joekeo Manibusan in Program of Oral Interpretation and Original Oratory
Sophie McKay in Informative Speaking (also crowned district champion in Sales Speaking)
Scott Fitchet t in After Dinner Speaking
Korbin Hansen in After Dinner Speaking 
Chase Thuleen in After Dinner Speaking 
Charlotte Fry in Dramatic Interpretation 
Nuha Akhtar in Panel Discussion 
Danny Orrock in Retold Story 
Victoria Mort in Informative Speaking
Riverside Elementary School Teacher Tara Leach recently received the National History Day in Idaho Youth Teacher of the Year Award. Leach qualified for this award because she had the most students from the regional level qualify for the state contest, in the youth division. The award comes with a $200 cash award from Boise State University, Idaho State University and the Idaho State Historical Society, and a voucher for 1 professional development credit from Idaho State University and Lewis & Clark College.
Congratulations to all of the competitors at the 2019 National History Day in Idaho State Contest . Below are links to the list of all the contest award recipients.

The Civil and Architectural Engineering class at Timberline High School just completed a project for the Boys Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts commissioned a contour map of their camp on Payette Lake by the Timberline team. Each Contour line represents a change in elevation of 25 feet.
Two copies will be made measuring 18” x 26” each. One copy will be placed in the Boy Scouts headquarters and the other at the camp.
The results of the Boise School District’s 2019 VEX V5 Robotics competition among Boise, Borah, Capital and Timberline high schools are in and the results are:
1st PLACE: Boise High Team “THE CLAW”
Donald Clark III , Patrick Yost , Sidney Banuelos
2 nd  PLACE: Timberline High Team “ROBITZ”
Adam Zerza , Chris Bridgewater , Archer Cureton , Jesseca Hollenbaugh ,
Caleb Sievers
3 rd  PLACE: Timberline High Team “METAL MUSCLE”
Mike Tenne , Nicolas Caballero , Noah Gluck , Victoria Sabus ,
Kaitlyn Botimer
4th PLACE: Boise High Team “ATLAS”
Aidan Curtin , Raece Oakeson , Adam Smotherman
Justine Niyogushimwa
Prisca Hermene
On Friday, April 5, 2019 two seniors --  Justine Niyogushimwa  from Timberline and  Prisca Hermene  from Boise High -- were recipients of the A.C.E. (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) Award by the Boise Exchange Club. This program recognizes students who have demonstrated an exceptional attitude and performance during their high school years, enabling them to overcome adversities and prepare for graduation.    Justine and Prisca both received a plaque, a monetary award, and their applications were forwarded to the regional competition level.
The following Capital High School students competed at the District Three Solo and Ensemble Competition and received superior ratings:
Adria Bower  - Bassoon, 1st Place
Tori Richardson  - Tenor Sax, 3rd Place
Aaron Orenstein  - Snare Drum, 1st Place
Paden Hoyd  - Snare Drum, 2nd Place
Percussion Ensemble  - Ben Gardiner, Hannah Lay, Aaron Orenstein, and Paden Hoyd  -Mallet Quartet, 2nd Place

These students will be competing at the State Solo and Ensemble Competition on May 4. 

Also, congratulations to the Capital High Winter Guard for the performances at the indoor competitions on March 2 at Middleton High School and March 23 at Capital High in the Treasure Valley Indoor Championships. The Winter Guard took second place and improved greatly! 
The following Boise High School Music students also received recognition at the District Three Solo and Ensemble Competition:

Dahsong Lee - Clarinet (3rd place)
Spencer Smith - Bassoon (4th place)
The following Borah Band students received a Superior Rating at the District Three Solo Ensemble and finished in the top two of their category, qualifying them for the State Competition at Idaho State University on May 4th.

Benjamin Buckingham - Tenor Sax
Cameron Echols - Clarinet
Caleb Mason - Bassoon
Fernando Perez - Flute
Kyle Thomas - Tenor Saxophone
Borah Flute Choir- Lauryn Patton , Gracie Stamey , Rachel Puzey , Sarah Benson , Elizabeth Iverson , Abigail Robinson , Victoria Stapley , Fernando Perez   
Garrett Richardson , a student at Borah High School, will be recognized at the 2nd Annual Marilyn Shuler Forum on Human Rights on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, from 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. at The Grove Hotel presented by the City Club of Boise . Richardson was selected, in part, as a student “whose character and work exemplify the spirit of Marilyn Shuler’s commitment to human rights, civil discourse, and informed civic engagement.” Marilyn Shuler was dedicated to helping advance educational opportunities for young people. She passed away in early 2017. 
A number of Boise School District secondary students were selected to be recognized at the 25th Annual Mayors' Awards to Youth, held on April 10, 2019. This ceremony highlights and honors young people who have demonstrated tremendous character by rising above hardships, serving their communities and consistently exhibiting kindness and consideration for others. See the complete list of students selected for this recognition.
Students in the SkillsUSA program at the Dennis Technical Education Center (DTEC) recently took part in the 2019 State SkillsUSA Conference held April 4 and 5, 2019. DTEC had approximately 80 SkillsUSA members compete in various Leadership & Technical Skills competitions. Fourteen students won gold, nine won silver, and 6 won bronze. In addition, four DTEC students were elected to represent Idaho as State SkillsUSA Officers. See the list of award recipients.
In April's Green Apple Bites e-publication , learn about the Boise School District's Power Down Day, which takes place on April 22, 2019, an initiative to conserve energy in the Boise School District that coincides with Earth Day .
Taco Bell Arena, 7:00 p.m.
(Live video streaming will be provided of the Boise, Borah, Capital & Timberline graduation ceremonies)

  • Boise High, May 21, 2019
  • Borah High, May 22, 2019
  • Capital High, May 23, 2019
  • Timberline High, May 20, 2019
  • Frank Church High, May 21, 2019, 5 p.m. @ Morrison Center (Spring)
  • Marian Pritchett, May 16, 2019, 6:30 p.m. @ Marian Pritchett School
  • STEP Program, May 16, 2019, 10 a.m. @ South JHS

Online registration is open for students registering for the traditional secondary summer school program through the Boise School District. Please visit https://www.boiseschools.org/parents/summer_programs_2019  for information, forms and instructions.
Expand your knowledge with Community Education. Register online for Spring Community Education classes. We offer affordable personal enrichment courses for all ages. Hurry, courses fill quickly!

Spring 2019 Community Education classes run April 22 - May 16, 2019. 
  • Just For Kids offers safe and secure on-site child care at your neighborhood school since 1991.
  • Year-round reliable and affordable child care for children ages 5-12.
  • Open to accommodate early release days, parent-teacher conference days, & holiday breaks.
  • Just For Kids staff receive annual training in child development, CPR, first aid, behavior management & safety and security.
  • Now accepting four-year-olds at Amity JFK.

Visit the JFK website for information and to enroll. Watch the video below to learn more about the JFK program.

A number of STEM camps are available for students this summer. Learn more...
Are you concerned about someone’s behavior and the danger they may present to your child’s school? The following video explains how you can report suspicious activity anonymously. 
  • April 1-30: Thumbs Up Idaho. April is the month specifically denoted to focus upon the prevention of child abuse. The challenge is to have schools, law enforcement, and community organizations paint their thumb nails blue and challenge others to do the same. Learn more...
  • April 7-13: Volunteer Appreciation Week.
  • April 16: 14th Annual Boise Rotary Century Scholars program, recognizing the top 100 graduating high school seniors in Boise, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Boise State University, Jordan Ballroom. Students from the following high schools being recognized: Bishop Kelly, Boise, Borah, Capital, Frank Church, Riverstone International, Sage International and Timberline.
  • April 17: AVID Celebration for Seniors, 7 p.m., South Jr. High.
  • April 18: STEM Night, Mountain View Elementary School, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Mtn. View families invited to attend.
  • April 20: Week of the Young Child Celebration, Idaho Botanical Garden, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE event to connect parents with community resources and enjoy activities with their children.
  • April 22: Power Down Day in the Boise School District. To celebrate Earth Day, schools will be saving energy by shutting off lights, planning low-tech lessons, eating outside, etc. Learn more...
  • April 24: Parent Information Night Regarding Dangers of Vaping, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., South Jr. High School, 3101 W. Cassia St., Boise. Learn more...
  • April 24: Highlands Elementary "Last Look" Open House, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Learn more...
  • April 26: Jefferson Elementary School BINGO Night benefiting the school's library. 25 cent BINGO games, pizza, baked goods and over $9,000 worth of raffle prizes to be given away. No need to be present to win the raffle prizes. 
  • April 28: Dennis Technical Education Center Show & Shine Car Show. 11a.m. - 3 p.m., Dennis Technical Education Center, 8201 W. Victory Rd., Boise. Concessions and raffle tickets available for purchase.
  • May 6 - 10: Teacher Appreciation Week.
  • May 8: National School Nurse Appreciation Day. This year, Boise School District celebrates 100 years of school nursing!
  • May 10: Dedication Ceremony/Open House for Boise High School Gymnasium & Performing Arts Addition, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., with tours for the general public provided from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., 1010 W. Washington St.
  • May 16: Orientation/Open House, Dennis Technical Education Center (DTEC),8201 W. Victory Rd., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Learn more...
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Dan Hollar 
Public Affairs Administrator 
Boise School District 
(208) 854-4064 
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