What's Happening In Boise School District
February 12: Boise School Board meeting, 6 p.m., Boise School District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise. Some of the agenda items include Presentation of Red Apple Award to Pete Erickson, language arts teacher, East Jr. High School; Presentation of Golden Apple Award to Donna Dodd, student records assistant, Timberline High School; Enrollment Report; Technology Update: Access, Security and Software Solutions; and Technology Integration in our Schools Report. Review complete Board agenda. Public is invited to attend.
February 12: Community Education Winter session of classes continue. Review the wide variety of classes being offered and enroll online. Hurry, classes fill quickly!

This is our biggest and best Winter session yet! Choose from more than three hundred personal enrichment classes.

From culinary arts, health & fitness, garden and the great outdoors, to computers and technology, we offer fun and affordable classes for all ages! Register online today at www.boiselearns.org
February 12: Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children will host free Ready! for Kindergarten workshops for families of children ages 3-5 (entering Kindergarten in 2018 or 2019). These free workshops will show you how to prepare your preschool age child for school success. A series of three workshops will be held at Morley Nelson Community School, Classroom #50, 7701 W. Northview St., Boise:

  1. February 12th from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
  2. March 12th from 9:15 am.. to 11:15 a.m.

Sign-up today at www.idahoaeyc.org/ready or call Morley Nelson Elementary School at 208-854-4642. Breakfast will be provided, as will childcare for children ages 1-5. Be Ready! for the first day of school! Information in Spanish.
February 13: Capital High School will host American Novelist Colson Whitehead (pictured) from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the school's library. Whitehead will meet with students to discuss writing and his work The Underground Railroad, which a group of 25 students and teachers have been reading. The discussion will be student-led with four of Capital High's Writer's Guild students, Shelley Toussau, Bailey Arendt, Kensie Labree-Scarborough and Peyton Wagner. Whitehead will be in Boise as part of The Cabin's Readings and Conversations. Whitehead's visit to Capital High School is sponsored by the John William Jackson Fund, University of Idaho, Boise State University and the Boise Public Library. 
February 13 & 14: Borah High School Choirs present Variety Show 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, February 13th & 14th featuring the talents of Ars Nova and Tactus choir members. Come to the Borah High School Auditorium, 6001 W. Cassia Street. This is a fundraiser for the choirs. Admission is $5 for students, $7 adults, and $20 for families. Learn more...
February 15: Mountain View Elementary School STEM Night, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Students and their families are invited to join us for a night of exploring, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Dinner will be served provided graciously by Cafe Ole' from 5-5:30 p.m. and then 13 different community partners will be set-up in classrooms providing hands on activities for students from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain View Elementary will kick off the school's STEM Day with an assembly featuring Dr. Picklestein that morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Learn more...
February 19: Presidents' Day - No School K-12
February 21: The 7th Annual Capital High School Jazz Benefit Concert featuring Curtis Stigers at 7:00 p.m. in the Capital High Auditorium, 8055 W. Goddard, Boise. Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling 208-854-4498. It is going to be a great concert!
March 5: To celebrate Idaho Day, a number of schools in the Boise School District will hold special events/activities. For example, Lowell Elementary School will host a Hoedown from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring live square dancing, square dance calling, music, food and fun! During its 2014 Session, the Idaho Legislature established an official Idaho Day to be observed each year on March 4th to commemorate the creation of Idaho by President Abraham Lincoln on that day in 1863. It will be the day when state and local agencies, historical societies, schools, Indian tribes, civic groups, chambers of commerce, clubs, the media, and Idaho citizens in general can celebrate and educate about Idaho, her culture, her history, her diversity, her beauty, her resources and her greatness. Learn more...
March 5 - 9: Celebrate National School Breakfast Week (NSBW), March 5-9, 2018 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…
March 8: To better serve our students and families, Boise School District is moving to an online registration system starting with 2018 Kindergarten Open House/Registration.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to use this new Online Registration Process before Kindergarten Open House/Registration on Thursday, March 8, 2018. By doing so, you’ll expedite the Kindergarten registration process and be able to spend more time on March 8th meeting your child’s dedicated teachers and staff.  Learn more...
March 9 & 11: 2018 Greater Pacific Northwest Regional Conference, Timberline High School, hosted by Citizens' Climate Education. The regional conference is an opportunity for newcomers and experienced CCL members to learn and practice new skills, inspire each other with successes and strategize in moving forward with climate solutions. Everyone is welcome, whether it’s your first CCL experience or you’re an experienced volunteer. The Greater Pacific Northwest region includes Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington; however, everyone is welcome. Learn more...
Students Honored at Borah Bridge Awards Program: Monday, January 29, 2018 was an amazing day for the Borah High School Bridge Team, as they honored over 20 of our 100+ Newcomers for their 1st semester accomplishments. Borah's Bridge program is a program-within-a-school program that provides an intensive English language program to limited and non-English speaking secondary students.

At the awards assembly, students were recognized for exhibiting Borah's and the Boise School District's 5 Core Values (Respect, Dignity, Honesty, Responsibility, Teamwork), in addition to Reading Improvement, Most Improved Overall, and Outstanding Attendance. 

There was also a special guest presenter, Boise's own Mayor Dave Bieter. This is the Mayor's second time visiting the Borah Bridge program, having visited some of Borah's Bridge classes last Spring. He touched the hearts of all Borah Bridge students with his welcoming, open-hearted message: "Boise is a welcoming city and we want you here. You are the hardest workers. You are the future of this city and country."
Students Recognized at Invent Idaho Competition: The Southwest Regional Invent Idaho Competition was held at JUMP on Saturday, January 27. Invent Idaho is the premier student invention program in the Northwest, having provided a forum for thousands of young inventors in grades one through eight since its inception in 1989. Invent Idaho is the only program in Idaho that celebrates student creativity and innovation, while teaching the inventive thinking process in an interdisciplinary curriculum. Young inventors participate in progressive levels of competitions, including three Regional events held across Idaho, culminating in an Invent Idaho State Finals event. 

Boise School District had 150 entries at the district competition and sent 50 entries to the regional level. Nine of the top 13 spots went to BSD students ( review list of winners), and 16 entries from BSD students are now going on to state.
Capital High's Creative Writing Students In the Spotlight: Students in Capital High School's Advanced Creative Writing class (taught by Language Arts Instructor Paula Uriarte) took a recent field trip to the Boise Escape on Tuesday, January 30th. Boise Escape is an Escape Game Room. Team members are introduced to a mission that they work together to solve. "I had inquired about having Boise Escape come talk to our students about how to create such a room and they invited us to come do the Escape Room," said Uriarte. "It was so awesome and I am just so grateful to them."
Treasure Valley kids get STEAM’d at Future Design Academy: 10 students from Taft Elementary School were selected to participate in daylong Future Design Academy sessions over the next three months. The Taft students will join students from four Valley school districts chosen to flex their creative and artistic talents in a STEM environment. Take STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math), combine them with art and add an emphasis on design to get STEAM’d, the set of skills students in grades 4 through 6 will exercise at the academy, said Dr. Peggy Wenner, arts and humanities coordinator for the State Department of Education. “To me, this is a perfect combination of gifted education and the arts,” Wenner said. “It’s true integration: Both disciplines are treated equally.” Learn more...
Boise School District Students Recognized: The following Boise School District high school students have been named candidates in the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

  • Kendra Borden, Boise - Boise High School
  • Anaise M. Boucher-Brownin, Boise - Boise High School
  • Megan S. Byres, Boise - Timberline High School
  • Logan A. Chai, Boise - Boise High School
  • Elsie L. Childress, Boise - Capital High School
  • Aaron J. Christensen, Boise - Timberline High School
  • Beck Dengler, Boise - Borah High School
  • Paul M. Faucher, Boise - Boise High School
  • Shelby L. Galinat, Boise - Boise High School
  • Rebecca Hansen, Boise - Borah High School
  • Jack A. Lauer, Boise - Boise High School
  • Jusung Lee, Boise - Boise High School
  • Hannah Lim, Boise - Timberline High School
  • Alyssa Y. Lu, Boise - Boise High School
  • Claire Manning, Boise - Boise High School
  • Alexander J. Mikhalev, Boise - Timberline High School
  • Peter G. Stine, Boise - Boise High School
  • Zhishan Wang, Boise - Boise High School
Timberline High Students Speak to NASA Astronauts: "Earth calling International Space Station." It was the call of a lifetime as Timberline High School students spoke with NASA Astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The call was made on Thursday, February 8, 2018 thanks to efforts to coordinate the communication by Boise State University Astronaut-in-Residence Steve Swanson, Boise School District's Science Supervisor Chris Taylor and Timberline High School. Students asked a wide variety of questions and the Astronauts explained what it's like living in space.  
Boise School District Teams Up with Idaho Power and Districts Throughout Idaho and Oregon to Save Energy: Your Boise School District is working to save energy. Throughout 2017, Boise School District was engaged in a Continous Energy Improvement (CEI) Cohort for Schools program through Idaho Power. The cohort brought together superintendents, principals, teachers and volunteers from school districts in Idaho and eastern Oregon to share knowledge on energy saving opportunities. Learn more in this month's Green Apple Bites e-publication.
The Flu and What You Can Do: This Winter 2018, Boise School District has had several confirmed cases of influenza. Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Flu is different from a cold, and usually comes on suddenly. While flu illness can vary from mild to severe, individuals may need medical care because of the flu. Here's important information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provided as a public service to assist Boise District parents, students and staff members during this flu season. 
Data Points - This & That For February: In his latest Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly takes a closer look at educational issues making headlines during the month of February. 

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. 
Students - Looking For Something To Do On The Weekends?: The Open Gym program runs on Saturday and Sunday at a number of Boise School District schools. Open Gym is presented by the Boise Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Boise School District. Participating schools include Garfield and Hawthorne elementary schools (K-6 children only) each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Les Bois, East, South & West junior high schools (7-12 students only) at various times on Saturday and Sunday.  Review the program flyer for specific times and information.
Looking for a fun way to get involved, have fun and make a difference? : ChairHoops is an all-ability wheelchair basketball tournament and fundraiser held annually by the Boise Parks and Recreation Department’s Adaptive Recreation Program. You do not have to have a disability to play – we provide the sport wheelchairs! It’s a great opportunity for families, groups of friends and colleagues to have a good time, do a little team-building, and support Adaptive Recreation in Boise.

Teams are made up of 10 or more male and female players in any combination. All players receive a tournament T-shirt and each team is guaranteed three games.

Thursday, March 22: Evening games at Fort Boise Community Center
Friday, March 23: Evening games at Timberline High School
Saturday, March 24: Daytime games at Timberline High School

2018 High School Graduation Dates Announced: Boise School District announces the following high school graduation dates for 2018:

2018 High School Graduation Dates
Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University, 7:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

May 22, 2018, (Tuesday) - Boise High
May 23, 2018, (Wednesday) - Borah High
May 24, 2018, (Thursday) - Capital High
May 29, 2018, (Tuesday) - Timberline High

Frank Church High School:

Winter Graduation: February 1, 2018, (Thursday), 7:00 p.m. at Borah High School 
Spring Graduation: May 31, 2018, (Thursday), 7:00 p.m. at Morrison Center
Winter Weather Procedures - Keeping Students Safe:  When winter weather comes our way, Boise School District has a plan to keep our students safe.  Learn more about the District's Winter Weather Procedures on the District's Emergency website or click on the adjacent image to view a brief video explaining the procedures. The Boise School District offers emergency text messaging for parents/guardians, as well as for non-parents. You may sign-up for emergency text messaging by visiting our Emergency website.

  Parents - Sign-Up for Emergency Text Messaging: The Boise School District offers emergency text messaging for parents/guardians. To receive emergency text messages
sign-up on our emergency text messaging registration webpage . 

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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