What's Happening in Boise Schools
We are building a movement called Everything’s Possible that shares the dreams, aspirations, and experiences of the students and teachers who make up the Boise School District. We are lucky to have teachers like Ms. Shackelford (pictured below) as part of our district, and today we shared a recent moment we captured of Ms. Shackelford with our followers on social media. Below are the links to the social media pages where this was shared. Please share her story.
Congratulations to the Timberline High Music Department for their achievements at the Anaheim, California Heritage Festival on April 13. Timberline won the following awards:

  • 4 Adjudicator awards, given to groups averaging 92 or 95 points - awarded to Timberline Chamber Orchestra, Timberline Jazz Ensemble, Timberline Wind Symphony, and Timberline Encore.

  • Outstanding group Awards, given to the group with the highest overall score in each category, band, choir and orchestra. These went to Timberline Chamber Orchestra - Orchestra award, Timberline Jazz Ensemble - Band award.  
  • Maestro Awards, given to outstanding soloists - awarded to Noah Gluck, Wesley Nielsen, Minjun Kwak, Hayden McCandless, Reiko Tachibana, Sammi van Ormer, and Lauren Thomas.
  • The Overall Festival Sweepstakes Award - This is awarded to the school that brings both choir and instrumental programs to the festival, and scores the closest to 300 points with their top 3 scoring ensembles.
Gareth Brown , a student at Garfield Elementary School, recently won 4th place in the Sophomore division of the Idaho State-wide Braille Challenge.
Maddy Wolosz-Overton , a 6th grade student at Hawthorne Elementary School, recently won first place in the state of Idaho 5th & 6th grade age group for the Arbor Day photo contest held by the Idaho Forest Products Commission . She won a cash prize, a certificate, and will participate in the Arbor Day celebration and tree planting with the Governor at the Capitol Park on Friday, April 26. Her winning photo, Spiral Tree (pictured right), will be posted on the IFPC website and used in promotional materials throughout the year.
DECA students from Capital and Borah high schools recently participated in the State DECA Competition. Click here for more information.
Boise, Borah and Capital high schools recently participated in the State HOSA conference. Below is information from each school.

Boise High School (watch following video):
Borah High School: 
  • 1st: Heather Blaschka (Human Growth & Dev.), Mikella Kent (Med. Math), Abby Dysart (Transcultural Healthcare), Katie Luong & Angela Parker (EMT)
  • 2nd: Caleb Mason (Med. Math) 
  • 3rd: Caleb Mason (Extemp. Writing), Delrae Heberger (Dental Science), Tryphene Bulape-Mishambo (Job Seeking Skills)
  • Idaho HOSA scholarship & Barbara James Service Award: Katie Luong

Capital High School:
  • Took third place with Emma Waddel, Alison Swinney, Sierra Cole, and Daniela Quinatoa.
Students in the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America)  at Capital High School and West Jr. High School recently participated in the state competition. The results are as follows:

  • Capital High School: Melissa Virgen-Valasquez, Job Interview, Occupational; Yasmeen Al-Ghizi, Job Interview, Occupational.

  • West Jr High School: Kaitlyn Allmaras, Spotlight on Projects - Nat'l Programs, Junior; Niara Millar, Spotlight on Projects - Nat'l Programs, Junior.

These students have qualified for the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA, June 30-July 4, 2019.
Three Boise High Video Broadcasting & Production students are recognized in this year's 9th CapEd Movie Trailer Contest Noah Young and Henri Passey won $100 with their 5th place video called  The Iron Ladder , and Thomas Rhodes came away with $200 for his 4th place video entitled  Nature Dwellers of the Northern End . Watch winning entries below.
Timberline High School Concert Band
Timberline High School Wind Symphony
Timberline Concert Band and Wind Symphony had a strong showing at the District-III Large Group Band Festival on Thursday, April 18 at Vallivue High School. Both bands played an incredible concert with musicality and expression, and both groups received the highest rating of "Superior" from all 3 judges. The Timberline Wind Symphony was the highest scoring band of the entire festival, a feat they have achieved now for a record 3rd year in a row!
In the recently-held Idaho State Science Olympiad, teams from North and Fairmont junior high schools had teams place 4th and 5th respectively out of a total of 30+ teams. The Fairmont team is pictured to the right. 

In addition to 4th place, the North team placed 11th and 12th places among 30 teams; winning six gold medals, three silver medals, three bronze medals and finished fourth in three other events. 

Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of team events. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and technology.
The Timberline High School tennis team defended its 3-time championship in the 2019 Tri-Cities Invitational April 12-13. The Wolves finished 2 points ahead of runner-up Wenatchee High School. This marks the 4th consecutive win for the Wolves in the 16 team Invitational. The team score was powered by these outstanding individual results:
Andrew Koessler - Boys 1st singles- Finals (DNF due to rain)
Nolan Stomp - Boys 2nd singles- Finals (DNF due to Rain)
Drew Giacomazzi - Boys 3rd singles- Runner-up
Jack Gordon - Boys 4th singles- Finals (DNF due to rain)
Avery Hopkey - Girls 1st singles- Champion
Shanzay Ali - Girls 2nd singles- Champion
McKenna Wagner / Sammi Ma - Girls 1st doubles- Finals (DNF due to rain)
Capital High senior Aidan McIntyre was selected as one of 621 semifinalists to advance to the final round of the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars competition .
On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, the City Club of Boise presented the 2nd Marilyn Shuler Forum on Human Rights, honoring longtime board member Marilyn Shuler, who passed away in early 2017. Marilyn Shuler was dedicated to helping advance educational opportunities for young people. As part of the event, the City Club recognized Garrett Richardson , senior, Borah High School, whose character and work exemplify the spirit of Marilyn Shuler’s commitment to human rights, civil discourse, and informed civic engagement. In the following video, City Club of Boise Moderator Bill Manny introduces Richardson for some inspiring words.
Borah High School senior Anthony Garcia was recently selected as a Gates Scholar and member of the Gates Scholarship Class of 2019. As one of 300 Scholars chosen from a pool of over 36,500 applicants from across the nation, Garcia now belongs to an elite group of young leaders—all of whom represent the very pinnacle of academic achievement, service, and commitment.
Borah High School AVID student Eh Paw Ku is the recipient of a Dell Scholarship . Ku's conditional acceptance means that she represents the top 5% of all Dell Scholar applicants and joins a network of nearly 4,000 active alumni scholars.
Josh Archibald-Seiffer , a 2006 graduate of Timberline High School (pictured) has been selected to be a contestant on the popular CBS game show, "Jeopardy." The broadcast will air on Thursday, May 2 at 6 p.m. Mountain Time, on KBOI, channel 2. Josh was selected after process involving passing an on-line test, completing an audition and playing mock games against other aspiring contestants. Contractual provisions prevent Josh from revealing the results of his appearance, which was taped at the Jeopardy studio in Culver City, California in February.
Taelyn Baiza (7th grade, North Junior High and Treasure Valley Math and Science Center) will have her artwork featured in the  2020 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Calendar .  This is the second year in a row Taelyn’s artwork (pictured right) was selected and is one of 13 pieces chosen to be included in the 2020 calendar. According to the NOAA Marine Debris Program website: " The NOAA Marine Debris Program holds this annual art contest to reach K-8 students and help raise awareness about marine debris. Marine debris is a global issue and we believe that engaging our youth is an important part of addressing it. The resulting calendar, featuring the winning artwork, will help to remind us every day how important it is for us to be responsible stewards of the ocean."
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...
Friday, May 3 is School Lunch Hero Day and Boise School District Food & Nutrition Services would love your support in celebrating these wonderful HEROES! Our staff do an amazing job of providing high quality nutritious meals to students throughout the District. Not only do they feed hungry students, but they often are that special 'lunch lady or man' to so many students.
Since 2013, the School Nutrition Association has celebrated School Lunch Hero Day to provide the opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to over 30 million students each school day. BSD's Food & Nutrition Services Staff provide over 22,000 breakfasts and lunches each day along with many other services like summer feeding, fresh fruits and vegetables program, and 'at risk' suppers.
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 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. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dennis Technical Education Center, 8201 W. Victory Rd., Boise. Concessions and raffle tickets available for purchase.
  • May 3, 4 & 10: Capital High School Spring Plant Sale, in the greenhouse at Capital High, 8055 W. Goddard Rd. Click here for more information.
  • May 3: School Lunch Hero Day. See above article for more information.
  • May 6 - 10: Teacher Appreciation Week.
  • May 7-9: Plant Sale, Frank Church High School, 8051 W. Salt Creek Ct. Click here for more information.
  • 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 10: STEM Fair, 5 p.m., South Jr. High School, 3101 W. Cassia St. Click here for more information.
  • May 13: Regular monthly Boise School Board meeting. When available, agenda will be posted on Board meeting agenda webpage.
  • 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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