What's Happening in Boise School District

June 9:   Boise School District's Girls Powered STEM Event for girls going into grades 4-6 for the 2017-18 school year will continue at Garfield Elementary School.  A total of 150 students are expected to participate in this year's two-day program, which began on June 8th at Amity Elementary School where students received hands-on learning in a wide variety of STEM subjects (pictured). View a photo gallery of the STEM workshops held at Amity Elementary School.  

Members of the local news media are invited to cover the June 9th STEM session,  8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  at Garfield Elementary School, 1914 S. Broadway, Ave., Boise.  The Girls Powered STEM Event is designed to encourage and inspire students in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. Students will attend workshops in the following STEM subjects:  
  • Architecture/Interior Design
  • Robotics/Tech Toys
  • Hands on Climate Change
  • Tech Savvy Computer Services
  • Veterinarian Skills
  • Ada County Paramedics
  • High Tech Weather Forcasting
  • Lego SumoBots
June 12:  Boise School Board meeting, 6:00 p.m. , Dennis Technical Education Center, 8201 W. Victory Rd., Boise. The Board will: receive a demonstration from Team Tater (award-winning student robotics team); receive consent agenda items for review and approval; 2017-18 Budget hearing and approval; receive the 2017-18 Strategic Plan Action; approve Superintendent Contract Extension; approve out of state trips for 2017-18; review Second Readings and vote on proposed Board Policy changes.  Public is invited to attend. Complete agenda is posted on the Boise School District Board of Trustees Meeting Packet website.

June 12 -15:  Capital High School will present a Boy's Basketball Camp for grades 3-8 this June. Learn more...

June 17:  Families will enjoy a fun-filled evening of kids' activities and great films on seven evenings, beginning June 17,  for Movies Under the Stars in Boise.

The fun begins at 7 p.m. with free games for kids provided by the Boise Parks and Recreation Mobile Recreation Van. Kids will get moving with capture the flag, dodgeball and other field games.

At dusk, family-friendly movies are shown on a huge 30' inflatable movie screen.

The free family movies and fun are presented by Boise Parks and Recreation and the Boise Schools Education Foundation with support from Wesselman Solutions.

Movies and locations include:

June 17: Sing - Julia Davis Park, 700 S Capitol Blvd.
June 24: The Secret Life of Pets - Bowden Park, 3230 W Edson St.
July 15: Moana - Julia Davis Park, 700 S Capitol Blvd.
July 22: Pete's Dragon - Sunset Park, 2625 N 32nd St.
August 5: Finding Dory - Ivywild Park, 416 W Ivywild St.
August 12: LEGO Batman - Fort Boise Park, 155 E Garrison Rd.
August 19: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Julia Davis Park, 700 S Capitol Blvd.
August 26: BFG - Molenaar Park, 2815 S Maple Grove Rd.

July 4:  Independence Day Holiday - No Summer School. 

July 5 - 28: Secondary Summer School - Semester 2. 

August 22:  First day of school - Early release K-12

Congratulations 2017 Graduates!:  Boise School District congratulates each and every 2017 graduate and wishes each of you well in your future endeavors. Share your graduation photos on social media using #BSD2017Grad and share the future success stories of your Boise District graduate by using #BSDAlum.  View photo galleries of the graduation ceremonies and purchase a graduation ceremony video online on our 2017 Graduation Ceremonies webpage. In addition to the following graduations, the District's ASCENT Program graduated two students from the program this spring. 

May 30, 2017
479 Graduates
May 22, 2017
463 Graduates
May 23, 2017 
393 Graduates
June 1, 2017
91 Graduates
May 25, 2017
22 Graduates
May 26, 2017
373 Graduates
May 16, 2017
10 Graduates

S ummner Learning Opportunities:  Learning doesn't stop in the summer in the Boise School District. We offer a wide variety of summer school classes for students to enhance their educational experiences.  The District offers remediation assistance for elementary students in math, language and reading, as well as summer learning programs for secondary students, including Summer Driver Education, and a Summer Music Program for elementary and secondary students. Visit our Summer School webpage for further information. 

Idaho Governor's Cup Scholarship Recipients Announced; Six Boise District Students Selected: Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has announced the recipients of the 2017 Governor's Cup Scholarships to Idaho colleges and universities, including six students selected from the Boise School District. The 42nd Governor's Cup fund-raising drive brought in enough money for 38 new scholarships to be award this year.

Recipients were chosen from among more than 1,000 applicants by the Idaho Governor's Cup Scholarship Fund Inc.'s 16-member board of directors. Selections were made based on each applicant's commitment to public service, academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.

"In my 11th year as Governor, I continue to be impressed by the quality of our applicants and the difficult job of our board of directors in selecting the recipients. These really are great students from schools and communities large and small throughout our state - truly the pride of Idaho," Governor Otter said. "I am equally impressed and gratified by the continuing support of our generous sponsors who are investing in a brighter future for us all by helping these young men and women pursue their dreams beyond high school."

The Governor and First Lady Lori Otter held a reception honoring the Governor's Cup recipients on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the Capitol. The 2017 Idaho Governor's Cup fund-raising event is scheduled September 7-9 in Sun Valley.

The award is $3,000 per year, renewable for up to four years, or two to three years for professional-technical programs, contingent upon the availability of funds. Below are the Boise School District students who were selected as Idaho Governor's Cup Scholarship recipients:

Cassidy Gilman
Borah High School
Attending Boise State University
Kendra Hollar
Capital High School
Attending Boise State University Honors College
Nicholas Phillips
Timberline High School
Attending Idaho State University
Krishna Regmi
Borah High School
Attending College of Western Idaho
Sandra Siharath
Capital High School
Attending Boise State University
Allana Snowball
Borah High School
Attending Boise State University

Victoria Stapley
West Junior High School
8th Grade
West Junior High Student Wins Bookmark Contest:  West Junior High School 8th grade student Victoria Stapley (pictured) recently entered the Alaska Wild Bookmark Contest sponsored by the Alaska Wilderness League. Victoria was selected as the winner for the 5-8 grade division. She will receive an Alaska-themed prize pack, a copy of the book The Arctic Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land and 100 copies of her published bookmark (pictured right) in early June. Tanya Gordon is Victoria's Earth Science Instructor.

Borah Students Place 2nd in Division in 2017 Physics Bowl: A team of Borah High School students achieved a significant milestone in placing 2nd in Division 2 (2nd year or higher physics), Region 14 (Northwest states and the Philipines) in the recently held 2017 Physics Bowl. The team score consisted of the five individual scores by graduating seniors, Kyle Dinh, Morgan Draney, Evan Magnusson, Alex Rooney, and Joseph Davies (each pictured below). Borah placed higher than schools from the Philippines and the State of Washington. Borah also scored higher than any Northern California school (Region 13) and would have placed 3rd if scored with Southern California. In addition, Borah would have placed in the top 4 or won in any of the 14 Regions, which included some notable high schools like Adlai Stevenson High school in Illinois and Princeton High school in New Jersey. The Borah team was taught by Borah Physics Instructor Vic Hofstetter and got their start in Physics from former Borah Instructor Joe Crotty.

In making the announcement, contest organizers wrote: "You, your school, and your students can take great pride in this accomplishment. This year there were more than 7,100 studens participating from almost 277 school from the U.S., Canada, Kuwait, Mexico, Australia, Turkey, the Philippines, South Africa, the Republic of Korea, and the United Kingdom, as well as almost 281 schools participating from China."

Joseph Davies
Borah High School
2017 Physics Bowl Team
Kyle Dinh
Borah High School
2017 Physics Bowl Team
Morgan Draney
Borah High School
2017 Physics Bowl Team
Evan Magnusson
Borah High School
2017 Physics Bowl Team
Alexander Rooney
Borah High School
2017 Physics Bowl Team

SUEZ Student Video Contest Recipients Announced:  SUEZ is proud to sponsor a summer water conservation video contest for students in Boise Junior and Senior High Schools. Showing us water conservation through their eyes, students from grades 9-12 created commercials for SUEZ' Summer Conservation Campaign. The winning entries will air on local television and SUEZ' social media platforms during the summer season. The winning entry was awarded a $1,500 prize to their classroom from SUEZ. Second place was awarded $750 and third place a $500 donation to the Boise Schools Educational Foundation. Contest recipients include - 1st Place, Gracie Maulik, North Jr. High (pictured below with her Science Teacher, Mr. Ronald Scott, and SUEZ Communications & Community Relations Manager, Stephanie Raddatz); 2nd Place,  Marie Sellin, Timberline High School; and 3rd Place, Delilah Davis and Kayla Thomas, Boise High School. The winning video is featured below. 

SUEZ Student Video Contest, 1st Place: Gracie Maulik, North Jr. High
SUEZ Student Video Contest, 1st Place: Gracie Maulik, North Jr. High

Borah High Journalism Students Recognized: Five Borah High School journalism students were recently recognized in the 2017 Youth Journalism International Contest.  The students are Gabriel Abille, Demi Nicole Manglona, Brooke Kerley, Courtney Biagi and Hana Krogness.  Read more...

Timberline High Tennis Repeats as Champions of Capital Inviational Tennis Tournament: The Timberline Tennis Team (pictured) competed against a field of 32 teams to take home first place in the recently held Capital Invitational Tournament (April 28, 29, 2017).  The tournament is in its 37th year and included teams from all over Idaho, plus Washington and Oregon. The team is coached by Becky Koessler. 

Valley Visions, High School Literary & Art Magazine Now Online:   Valley Visions , the Boise School District's full color high school literary and art magazine is now available in digital format on this webpage. More than 100 students' works appear in Valley Visions each year. Published art, stories, poems and essays are selected by a student editorial board in a blind adjudication process. Click on the adjacent cover image to review the 2017 Valley Visions publication.

Boise District Students Take Top Honors at National Invention Convention: The following Boise School District students took home top honors at the recently held National Invention Convention held in Washington, D.C. June 1-3, 2017. The event provides a live, in-person opportunity for youth inventors and entrepreneurs in grades 4-12 to display their critical thinking skills through inventing, innovating, and entrepreneurial activities. Out of 300 students from grades 4-12 representing 14 states, Idaho again had one of the highest percentage of attendees to winners ratio = 38%, reported contest organizers. "The head notebook judge took me aside and said Idaho had the best notebooks he has ever seen," said Invent Idaho State Coordinator Beth Brubaker. "He's been doing this for more than 30 years and actually created the Connecticut Invention Convention logbook. He said all of our Idaho logbooks put theirs to shame and he wants Idaho's notebooks to be the model for all other states!" 

Below are the Boise School District students who won awards at the National Invention Convention.

Luke Pixton
Grade 3
Trailwind Elementary
Best Poster Award
Vishali Sutharsan
Grade 6
White Pine Elementary
Best Log Book Award
Banana Peel Mush Battery
Kai Hatten
Grade 6
White Pine Elementary
Best Log Book Award
Corrine Pixton
Grade 5
Collister Elementary
Best Log Book Award
Taelyn Baiza
Grade 5
Roosevelt Elementary
Jules Verne Award
Mare Sanum (Healthy Sea) Fishing Net

Below, Taelyn Baiza, 5th grade, Roosevelt Elementary, is pictured accepting the Jules Verne Award for Forward Thinking Innovation and Global Change sponsored by the Paul G. Allen Foundation.   Taelyn is the recipient of the Invent Idaho Southwest Regional Best of Show Grades 5-8 award and the Invent Idaho State Finals Best of Show Grades 5-8 award for her project "Mare Sanum (Healthy Sea) Fishing Net." 

Data Points - Boise SAT Scores Improve: In his latest Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly takes a closer look at the second year of statewide administration of the "new" SAT and how Boise District average scores improved over 2016.   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.  

Student Services Staff Award Recipients: Each year, Boise School District's Counseling & Health Department recognizes the outstanding work of its staff members. Below are recipients of this year's Student Services Award.

Counselor of the Year
Tamra Vanegas 
Social Worker of the Year
Becky Woodland
(Borah, Hillside, & Whitney)
Nurse of the Year
 Claudia Terrell
 (Garfield & Roosevelt)
Health Tech of the Year
Michelle Smith
(Grace Jordan, Hillcrest & Owyhee)

Student Services Advocate of the Year
Boise Fire Fighters Local 149

Boise District Educator Selected to National Board:  Tony Fitzpatrick, (pictured) Athletic Trainer, Timberline High School, has been selected to serve on the National Athletic Trainer's Association Board of Directors. Mr. Fitzpatrick, MA, LAT, ATC, has dedicated the last 29 years to the Boise School District, the last 19 of which have been at Timberline High School. He is currently the school's head athletic trainer and sports medicine instructor and previously served as a biology instructor.

Fitzpatrick has served his profession in numerous volunteer roles at the state, district and national levels. He was a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee and District Secretaries'/Treasurers' Committee. He held several positions with the Northwest Athletic Trainers' Association including four years as treasurer, six years as Secondary School Committee chair and four years as meetings coordinator. Locally, he was president, secretary/treasurer and secondary school representative for the Idaho Athletic Trainers' Association, each for six years.

In 2014, Fitzpatrick was inducted into the Northwest Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame; he received the organization's Outstanding Service Award in 2008. He was honored with NATA's Most Distinguished Athletic Training Award in 2010, and Athletic Training Service Award in 2008. Originally from Anaconda, Montana, Mr. Fitzpatrick received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Great Falls and Boise State University where he also earned his master's.

The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) will formally welcome Mr. Fitzpatrick as a new Board Member at its 68th Clinical Symposia and AT Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, June 26-29, 2017. Mr. Fitzpatrick will succeed NATA's outgoing District Ten director Cari Wood, ATC.

Boise District Educator Receives Recognition:  Patrick Moore, (pictured) Social Studies Teacher, West Junior High School, received an Honorable Mention in the  2017 James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation competition. The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the Foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state per year.  The selection committee wrote to Mr. Chris Taylor, District Social Studies Supervisor:  "Patrick's receipt of Honorable Mention reflects the Selection Committee's appreciation of your strong endorsement as well as the quality of Patrick's application. The number of applicants varies from year to year, but many recipients of the Honorable Mention designation are awarded a James Madison Fellowship in subsequent competitions."
Free Summer Meals:   Boise School District will once again participate in the federally-funded Summer Food Service Program.  Summer meals will be provided to children ages 1 through 18 at a number of school sites without charge. Breakfast and lunch are served Monday through Friday beginning June 5th through August 4th.     

School Bus Drivers Wanted: FIRST Student, Boise School District's school bus provider, is currently hiring school bus drivers for the 2017-18 school year. Call 208-854-5230 OR APPLY@FIRSTGROUPCAREERS.COM

25 Scholarships Available to Idaho Underserved Students: There are 25-30 Scholarships available to underserved students in Idaho. This was made possible by a recent grant from Idaho STEM Action Center. MentorsCloud.com is the grantee to work with communities/organizations to provide this STEM educational opportunity to those students this summer. To apply for the scholarship, students/families should visit MentorsCloud.com.

The STEM Camps available to the scholarship recipients are:

· Game Programming
· Wearable Technology & Fashion Design
· Mobile App Design
· Astronomy & Physics Lab
· Math for Problem Solvers
· CSI Mystery Camp
· Makers' Workshop
· Exploring Engineering
· Bugs, Birds, & Flying things
· Chemistry Lab
· Astronomy & Solar Eclipse Overnight Camp

Those Camps are for elementary school and middle school age students.
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News Media Contact:
Dan Hollar
Public Affairs Administrator
Boise School District
(208) 854-4064
Boise School District | 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise, Idaho 83709 | 208.854.4000  ww.boiseschools.org

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