What's Happening in Boise Schools
"The Treasure Valley Math & Science Center is where students can take more advanced classes so they can pursue more advanced careers in the future. I've been in it since I was in the 4th grade and I'd like to go into the medical field someday." - Melina Mohammedi, 9th grade, Riverglen Jr. High/TVMSC
Watch Melina's video by clicking the following social media links:
In this Everything’s Possible moment, we introduce you to Melina Mohammedi, a 9th grade student at Riverglen Jr. High and the Treasure Valley Math & Science Center.

Melina's story is one of many featured on our Everything's Possible website, which also includes informational stats, facts, ratings, and rankings that highlight the unique values that set your Boise School District apart.
Register online now for Winter Community Education classes. Choose from more than 300 affordable personal enrichment courses, many of them brand new and exciting! We offer classes for all ages. Review a list of Community Education classes offered this week. Hurry, courses fill quickly!
Kindergarten registration for students who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2019, is set for Thursday, March 7, 2019 at your neighborhood elementary school.
  • Offering 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.

Visit the JFK website for information and to enroll.
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  • 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. @ Timberline High
  • STEP Program, May 16, 2019, 10 a.m. @ South JHS
A Message From Central District Health Department
Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected.

How can I protect my child against measles?
Measles can be a serious illness. For maximum protection against measles, school-aged children should have received two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. If you are unsure about your child’s immunization status, please check with your health care provider who, in many cases, can look up your child’s immunization record. Consider also reviewing your own immunization status and that of others in your household.

The MMR vaccine is both safe and effective. Two doses offer 97% protection for your child’s lifetime. Central District Health Department provides vaccines for children through age 18. In Ada County, call 208-327-7400 to make an immunizations appointment.

Measles Symptoms
Symptoms generally appear about 7 to 14 days after a person is infected. Some of the more common symptoms include:

  • High fever
  • Cough
  • Rash – starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes

Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots (Koplik spots) may appear inside the mouth.

If you suspect you or anyone in your family may have measles, please call your health care provider in advance to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room, unless someone is experiencing a medical emergency.

Additional Resources
For the 2018-2019 School Year, the Boise School District modified its school year calendar to end the First Semester prior to the Winter Holiday Break rather than in January as it had in the past. This change allowed students to take End of Course Assessments prior to their Winter Holiday Break and provided students with a fresh start for second semester after the Winter Holiday Break. In an effort to gather feedback from families, the Boise School District Calendar Committee is asking parents and guardians to complete a mid year survey to assist us in gauging the impact that this shift has had on students and families.

Note:  The survey will close on Thursday, February 28th.
Alekya Tanikella , a 9th grade student at Riverglen Jr. High School and the Treasure Valley Math & Science Center , has been selected to compete in the Intermountain Junior Science & Humanities Symposium. Tanikella is one of 18 students chosen to participate in the regional symposium which will take place March 7 & 8 at Montana Tech in Butte, MT. Tanikella will give an oral presentation before a panel of expert judges about "CRISPR-Cas9 Effect on Zebrafish Skeletal Development" research that she conducted last year at Boise State University under the guidance of Dr. Julia Oxford.
Melina Mohammadi (9th grade at Riverglen and 10th cohort at Treasure Valley Math & Science Center) has just discovered a new form of virus as a result of her research. Since last October, Melina has been working under the mentorship of Crystal Scott (Boise State University), and has been conducting the research in a Biochemistry Lab at College of Idaho.

Her research focus is on discovering viruses that could potentially kill bacteria. This field of research is critically important as bacteria have evolved to become increasingly resistant to antibiotics (as a result of over use of antibiotics).

"Melina now has the honor of naming this just-discovered virus-type as a result of her discovery," said TVMSC Principal Dr. Holly MacLean . "If anyone believes that 14 year olds cannot contribute to authentic fields of research, Melina has just proven them wrong," added Dr. MacLean.

Melina will enter her research for review and consideration at the Western Idaho Science and Engineering Fair on March 15, 2019 at Boise State University.
Borah High School student Nathan Green has been named the Gatorade Idaho Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Through the Gatorade Play It Forward initiative, Gatorade will donate $1,000 to a sport-based organization of Green’s choosing.

Learn more here .
The Idaho High School Activities Association is pleased to announce the 2018-19 winter sports/activities 5A Academic State Champions. This award, sponsored by the Idaho Army National Guard, is presented to the varsity team in each classification that achieves the highest cumulative grade point average. The IHSAA congratulates these student-athletes for their outstanding academic achievement and commitment to excellence through athletics and activities. Two teams from the Boise School District earned this honor: Timberline High School’s boys basketball team (pictured above left) with a cumulative GPA of 3.894 and Boise High School’s dance team (pictured above right) with a cumulative GPA of 3.765.
Treasure Valley Math & Science Center's Middle School Science Bowl team earned first place in the Middle School Science Bowl Competition held on Saturday, February 9 at Boise State University. The team will now go on to compete in the National Event, April 25 - April 29 in Washington, DC.

Members of the competition team who will travel to Washington, DC in order to represent the region, the State of Idaho and Boise School District at the National Middle School Science Bowl Competition are:
  • William Wang (East and TVMSC ....grade 8)
  • Daniel Fernandez (Riverglen and TVMSC...grade 8)
  • Vishali Sutharson (Les Bois and TVMSC....grade 8)
  • Justin Siek (Les Bois and TVMSC....grade 8)
  • Luke Bousfield (Homeschooled, Timberline and TVMSC...grade 8)

Members of the competition team who participated at Regionals but who are not competing at Nationals (since only teams of five can travel): 
  • Anveetha Suresh (Northstar Charter and TVMSC....grade 8)
  • Aathira Suresh (Northstar Charter and TVMSC....grade 6)
  • Riya Dhingra (Riverglen and TVMSC....grade 7)

TVMSC would also like to express sincere appreciation to our parent volunteers, Beth Bousfield and  Cecilia Cadei   who coached this year's team! 
The Southwest Chapter Mathcounts Competition was held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Boise State University. Of the top 10 students at this Regional Competition, nine are from the Treasure Valley Math & Science Center.

The following top 10 Mathletes at this event will compete at the State level Mathcounts competition on March 9. These students traveled back to TVMSC each Monday afternoon since September in order to practice and prepare for this competition. 
1. Kevin Xu (East and TVMSC) grade 8
2. Forrest Zeng   (East and TVMSC) grade 7
3. William Wang  (East and TVMSC) grade 8
5. Justin He  (East and TVMSC) grade 8
6. Daniel Fernandez  (Riverglen and TVMSC) grade 8
7. Jalen Lu   (Les Bois and TVMSC) grade 6
8. Austin Meck (Heritage and TVMSC) grade 8
9. James Wei (Lowell Scott and TVMSC) grade 6
10. Jieming Mei (East and TVMSC) grade 8
When winter weather strikes, Boise School District has a plan to keep our students and staff safe. Learn more about the District's Winter Weather Procedures or watch the adjacent video. Sign-up for emergency text messaging .
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. 
  • February 22: Boise School District Tech 9 Co2 Dragster Championships, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., large gym, Les Bois Jr. High. Click here for more information.
  • February 23: Yard sale fundraiser for Borah High School Choirs, 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Borah High Auditorium. Click here for more information and when/how to donate.
  • March 4-8: Celebrate National School Breakfast Week (NSBW), March 4-8, 2019 with Boise School District, Food & Nutrition Department! NSBW was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program. Since that time, studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to: Score higher on standardized tests, have better concentrations, memory and alertness. Learn more here.
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Dan Hollar 
Public Affairs Administrator 
Boise School District 
(208) 854-4064 
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