September 24: Check out all the wonderful, affordable and enriching Fall 2018 Community Education classes
beginning this week. Community Education is Boise's first choice for lifelong learning and offers classes for people of all ages. Choose from personal enrichment classes in Computers & Software, Culture, History & Travel, to Garden, Green Living & The Great Outdoors and Culinary Creations, to name a few. Review Fall 2018 Community Education Course Catalog.
September 26: Garfield Elementary School, 1914 S. Broadway, invites families and students to Family STEM Night, 6 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. This free event includes dinner and is made possible thanks to the support of many communiity partners. Learn about Science, Technology, Engineering & Math through fun activities, including:
  • Rocket launching
  • Starlab Planetarium
  • Slime Room
  • Lizards and Snakes
  • And so much more!
September 27 & 28: Teacher Cop Swap. For the second year in a row, Boise School District and Boise Police Department will particiapte in Teacher Cop Swap - a teacher/police exchange program. On Thursday, September 27th, Boise Police officers/civilians will visit three Boise School classrooms to teach students. Then, on Friday, September 28th, Boise District teachers ((Kelly Holder, Margaret Rider and Maura Goddard) will spend the entire day and evening with police participating in track driving, room clearing and other scenarios, including participating in a Friday night ride-along with police.  

Specific times and locations for the school visits on Thursday, September 27 are as follows. News media are invited to attend any of the following:

  • Hillside JH: 7:45 - 2:30
  • Timberine HS: 7:45 - 3:07
  • Maple Grove Elementary: 8:45 - 3:15
September 28: Jefferson Elementary School will hold its annual school carnival for Jefferson students and families from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thanks to a $500 donation by the Krazy Coupon Lady, Jefferson's refugee population will be able to attend the carnival. This is the school's main fundraiser of the year by the PTA, which uses the money to benefit teachers and support projects such as funding school field trips. For further information, contact PTA Vice President Beth Banister at
October 2: Adams Elementary School STEM Night, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for Adams families and students. Hands-on activities will be featured to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

  • Engineering 
  • High Voltage demonstration
  • Edible Aquifers
  • Bristle Bots
  • Paper making
  • Birds of Prey
  • Inversion in a cup
  • Virtual Reality
  • Ecology/Animal Tracking
  • Penny boats
  • Microscopes in the STREAM lab
October 3: Boise School District students will highlight the Farm to School Program with a harvest celebration during the month of October. Boise School District participated in the Farm to School pilot program in 2010 and began the harvest celebrations in 2011. The annual Harvest Day celebration integrates education about the Farm to School Program and features a variety of local food items throughout the Treasure Valley. According to the Idaho Department of Agriculture, research shows that Farm to School Programs increase students’ knowledge and awareness about food sources, nutrition, and lifestyles. To kick off the celebration on October 3rd, students will participate in Harvest Day. On this day, menus will feature many Idaho foods including: bread from Franz bakery, cheese from Idaho dairies, local grapes and fresh herbs from Boise School District’s Downtown Teaching Farm!  Learn more...
October 6: Timberline High School's select choir, "Encore", submitted an audition recording this summer, and was selected to perform at the Idaho ACDA (American Choral Director Association) Fall In-service Conference. This conference gathers hundreds of choral professionals from across Idaho. Timberline was one of five choirs honored to be selected to perform at this event. In addition, they will be a lab choir for the headliner, Dr. Derrick Fox, to demonstrate techniques in choral pedagogy.  The performance will be held on Saturday, October 6th, at 11:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Rockies, Boise. It is open to the public.  
October 31: Boise National College Fair, Expo Idaho, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free and open to the general public. Visit with hundreds of college representatives from around the globe. Find the college that's right for you!
Boise Teacher Selected for World War I Program: Mrs. Sarah Royter, a teacher at Pierce Park Classical Elementary School is one of 114 teachers nationwide selected for a National History Day® program titled Legacies of World War I. The program is a partnership between the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and National History Day. Mrs. Royter will participate in webinars and discussions while learning about World War I with teachers from around the world. As one of the selected teachers, Royter receives free tuition, graduate credits, and materials for the online program. Read more...
Nearly 40% of Idaho's National Merit Semifinalists from Boise School District: Officials from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) have announced the names of Idaho students selected as Semifinalists in the 64th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. A total of 32 students from the Boise School District have been selected as Semifinalists, which represents 38% of Idaho's total number of 2019 National Merit Semifinalists (83). That's an impressive showing considering Boise School District enrolls about 9% of the public school students in Idaho.

"Each year, only one percent of students nationwide achieve National Merit Semi-Finalist status," explained Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly. "To achieve this prestigious distinction serves as an indication that the hard work and diligence of these Boise District students is paying off. We congratulate each of our award winners and their families. Boise School District is committed to providing a high quality education to each and every student, including the advanced, rigorous coursework and highly skilled teachers and instructional staff students need to earn this recognition."

These academically talented high school seniors now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation issued a news release with the names of the Boise School District students and the other Idaho students selected as National Merit Semifinalists.  Learn more...
Board Members Sworn In, Step Down - Board Announces Public Process to Fill Current Vacancy: Dr. Troy Rohn, Maria Greeley and Alicia Estey (pictured) were elected to the Boise School Board during the Trustee Election held on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. All three were sworn in at the Board meeting held on Monday, September 10, 2018.

Three seats were open on the seven-member Board of Trustees, each with a six-year term in office. Greeley and Rohn were running for re-election to their second term on the Board. Estey was seeking her first term on the Board.

One seat on the Board was vacated by long-time trustee A.J. Balukoff, who chose not to run for re-election. Balukoff had served on the Board since 1997, serving as Board President from 2008-2014.

Also during the Board’s September 10 meeting, the Board voted for Nancy Gregory and Maria Greeley to remain as Board President and Board Vice President respectively.

Board Announces Public Process to Fill Current Vacancy

Following the resignation of Trustee Doug Park on September 10, 2018, the Board of Trustees has announced a public process to fill the vacancy on the Board. The Board of Trustees declares the seat of Trustee Park to be vacant and has set a 4:30 p.m., September 28, 2018 deadline for nominations of candidates for the vacancy. Applications to be considered by the Board are currently being accepted. Review the Trustee Appointment Process Packet for more information, including how to apply. 

It is anticipated that the six remaining Trustees will vote to fill the vacancy in a public meeting to be held on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board room at the District Services Center located at 8169 W. Victory Road, Boise. Appointment of a new Trustee will be made on October 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the District Services Center located at 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise.

For further information, review the Trustee Appointment Process Packet
A.J. Balukoff Recognized for His Years of Service to the Board: On Monday, August 13, 2018, A.J. Balukoff was recognized for his years of service on the Board of Trustees of the Boise School District. Balukoff was presented with a plaque and certificate in honor of his service. Trustee Balukoff served with integrity and distinction for 21 years on the Boise School Board and he will be remebered for always putting students first. Learn more...

A.J. Balukoff is pictured holding a plaque to commemorate his years of service with the Board. Pictued with Balukoff are Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly (far right) and fellow Trustees (from left to right) Dave Wagers, Maria Greeley (Vice President), Dr. Troy Rohn, Doug Park, and Beth Oppenheimer.
Just for Kids - Boise School District's High Quality Child Care Program Now Hiring: Are you looking for a great job working with kids? Join our Just for Kids team as a child care provider: Review current job posting.
Now Hiring Food & Nutrition Team Members: Boise School District's nationally recognized Food and Nutrition Program is currently hiring. Come join our team, dedicated to serving students. Apply online or call 208-854-4090.
READY! for Kindergarten Workshops Available: Free workshops to help prepare your child for school success will be available begining in September at the following schools. Click the links to learn more.

Data Points - Predicting College Success Vs. Measuring Persistence: In his latest Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly takes an indepth look at the correlation between poverty and Idaho high school graduates attending college and asks the question - Who are the true "high performers" based on actual persistence of students? 

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. 

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

Non-Parents - Mobile App Available: Boise School District also has a mobile app to improve communication to parents and non-parents (e.g.District staff members, community members, etc.). The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Download the app today to receive alerts from the Boise School District, including emergency alerts.
How You Can Help Keep Your School Safe: 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. 

Working closely with local law enforcement agencies and media outlets, citizens just like you have helped Boise Area Crime Stoppers become an instrumental part in protecting the Treasure Valley. Thanks to this community support and the premise of anonymity, Crime Stoppers has been able to help solve seemingly impossible crimes with few or no leads all because of just one phone call - 208-343-COPS.
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Dan Hollar 
Public Affairs Administrator 
Boise School District 
(208) 854-4064 
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