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December 20:   T he Boise High Choir/Orchestra Holiday Concert at the Idaho Capital Rotunda is scheduled for December 20th at 6:00 pm. "Originally this concert was cancelled but now it is back on, which means this rich tradition that is over 60 years old will continue," said David Burton, Boise High Choral Director. "We want to do everything we can to make sure that community members that heard it was cancelled know it is now happening." 

December 20:  West Junior High School will hold the West Family Heritage Holiday Festival to celebrate and embrace West's diversity and culture. "In an effort to celebrate the vast differences that make us all special, while coming together in similarities as Mustangs, we are hosting the West Family Heritage Holiday Festival on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 in the library," said Principal Janet Cherry. This event will include music, food, and crafts prepared by staff and students who wish to share their ancestry and culture with others."  News media representatives are invited to attend from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 

December 21:  Early release for students in grades K-12. Click here for early release schedule. 

December 22 - January 3:   Winter Holiday Break - No school K-12.

January 1:  Online registration begins for Winter 2017 Community Education classes at   Choose from hundreds of new and exciting personal enrichment classes for all ages!  Expand your mind by learning something new in 2017 by enrolling in a Community Education class. From arts and crafts, computers and culinary arts, fitness & health, to garden, green living & the great outdoors, we have a class for everyone!  Winter Community Education session runs January 23rd through March 16th. Community Education -Boise's first choice for lifelong learning!

January 4:  School resumes. 

January 4 - February 10:  Liberty Elementary School's Montessori Program will accept applications from January 4th through February 10th.  A lottery will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017 and results will be posted on the school's website here on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.  The mission of Boise School District's Montessori Project is to foster self-motivated, responsible, lifelong learners by providing an opportunity for students to meet high academic standards using the Montessori philosophy and methods of education. Click here to learn more about the program. 

January 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19:  Informational Math Nights for 5th & 6th grade parents, 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., to help parents make informed decisions about what math class option is best for their student. Discussion will center on the recommended student placement in Math 6, Honors 6/7 and Compacted 7/8. Parents may attend any of the math nights at the following locations:
  • East Jr. High, January 4, Library
  • Fairmont Jr. High, January 5, Library
  • Hillside Jr. High, January 10, Band Room
  • Les Bois Jr. High, January 11, Library
  • South Jr. High, January 12, Library 
  • North Jr. High, January 17, Gym
  • Riverglen Jr. High, January 18, Library
  • West Jr. High, January 19, Library 

January 18:  Deadline to sign-up for free developmental screening if you have a child who is from 3-5 years old and may have possible delays in the following areas:  Speech; Language; Concepts; Motor Skills; Self Help Skills; Social Emotional; Vision and Hearing.  Special Education Services are available for children with developmental delays through the Boise School District's Early Childhood Special Education Program. Click here to learn more. 

January 25:   Ninth grade students from across the Boise School District are invited to attend the Professional Technical Dennis Education Center 's annual Rigs and Gigs Event on Wednesday, January 25th. This hands-on event allows students to explore careet technical education classes they can take in high school. Students will be transported during the school day for the event. For more information, please contact: Chelsie Wilson at
Pictured are students enrolled in the Precision Machining program.  Click here to review course descriptions of career technical education classes offered.  

January 26:  6th grade students from across the Boise School District will have an opportunity to explore career techical fields in a hands-on activity day at the Professional Technical Dennis Education Center on January 26th. For more information, please contact: Chelsie Wilson at  Click here to review descriptions of the District's Career Tecnical Education programs.   Pictured are students enrolled in the Residential Carpentry/Building Construction program.

January 26: Dennis Technical Education Center will hold its annual Open House from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to showcase the Center's career technical education programs that provide students with valuable technical and leadership skills. Pictured is the Welding Technology program. With successful passage of the Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Boise School District Bond Election the District's Professional Technical Education Center will be expanded to offer Electrical, Plumbing and Heating-Air Conditining job training classes.  Parents, students, industry partners, and community members are invited to attend the Dennis Technical Education Center Open House.   Click here to learn more about the Dennis Technical Education Center and click here to read the Center's latest newsletter. The Dennis Technical Education Center is located at 8201 W. Victory Rd., Boise. 

March 14:   On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 the Boise School District will hold a bond election to reinvest in our neighborhood schools and community with NO increase in the current property tax rate.   The bond will help meet the needs of today's students and the students of the future. Click here to learn more. 

Sounds of the Season Fill Your Neighborhood Schools:    This time of year, holiday music attracts an overflowing number of families to our community's schools.  Packed multi-purpose rooms are a common sight as Boise School District's nationally-recognized Music Program takes center stage showcasing the talents of our outstanding music students and staff. On December 1st, at Mountain View Elementary School (pictured), families crowded into the school's dated cafegymatorium - a combination gym, cafeteria and auditorium - which was built back in 1959. Mountain View's facility challenges, incuding the school's well-used and outdated cafegymatorium, will be addressed with the successful passage of the Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Bond Election.   Regarding school holiday concerts, if you'd like to attend one of the many popular holiday music programs,   click here  for a complete listing of the remaining times and dates of these free holiday music performances.    

Winter Weather Procedures - Keeping Students Safe:   When winter weather comes our way, the Boise School District has a plan to keep our students safe.   Click here  to learn more about the District's Winter Weather Procedures  or click on the adjacent image to view a video explaining the procedures.  The Boise School District offers emergency text messaging for parents/guardians.  Click here to sign-up.

Student Artwork Selected for Annual Holiday Card:   Hidden Springs Elementary School 6th grade student Macall Wardle's artwork was selected as the winner of this year's Boise School District Holiday Card Contest. Macall is a student in Ms. Wagner's 6th grade class. Her depiction of a winter scene (pictured) complete with children decorating a snowman was selected from among one hu ndred (100) entries submitted by students in grades K-6.  

As the Grand Prize Winner, Macall receives a certificate of participation, 100 cards featuring her artwork, and a $25 gift card to Quality Art. She was recognized during the Boise School Board meeting held on on December 12, 2016. Macall is pictured receiving the award presented by Cathy Mansell, retired Boise District Art Coordinator. 

Strong Schools =  Strong Communities - Frank Church High Students Helping Families:  Frank Church High School National Honor Society students recently participated in the 20th annual Stuff the Bus toy drive held at local Fred Meyer stories in the Treasure Valley. The students gathered at the Fred Meyer store located off of Chinden in Garden City the weekend of December 3-4 and collected enough items for local families to take second place in the annual event. Frank Church students collected 1,785 items for families in our community. Click here to review some photos taken of the Stuff the Bus event. 

North Student Wins National Dance Competition:  Ella Henderson (pictured), a 9th grade student at North Junior High School, received 1st place at the US Western Region Irish Dance Oireachtas U14 competition that was held in San Francisco in November. The competition includes thousands of dancers from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The competition is governed by An Coimisiun le Rince Gaelacha in Ireland. Ella dances at Killarney Irish Dance Company in Boise.

Longfellow Student Wins Festival of Trees Holiday Card Contest:   The Festival of Trees Card Winner is Perry Huang Kemper (pictured), a 6th grade student in Mark Brilz class at Longfellow Elementary.  Perry's card was chosen at the Festival of Trees Founders' Reception.  Perry is pictued receiving the award Cathy Mansell, retired District Art Coordinator,  and District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly during the school board meeting held on December 12, 2016.  Perry's wining entry is pictured.  

Alyssa Lu
Boise High School
Boise High Junior Receives State Recognition:  Alyssa Lu, daughter of Shifeng Lu and Susan Fang, has been named  one of five Fall 2016 recipients of the Interscholastic Star Student Recognition Scholarship, which is awarded twice a year by the Idaho High School Activities Association and its state championships sponsor, The United Dairymen of Idaho.  Alyssa  participates in golf and band at Boise High School   She is also active in a variety of school groups and clubs including HOSA, sustainability club and humanitarian club. She was selected from a field of outstanding students who were nominated by their school administrators. Nominees for the scholarships are exemplary students who participate in IHSAA-sponsored sports and activities. Each application includes an essay, recommendations from school administrators, description of athletic and activity participation, and service to school and community.

Interscholastic Stars will receive a $2000 scholarship to the college of his/her choice upon graduation. The IHSAA, with the support of the United Dairymen of Idaho, will also contribute $1000 to the recipients' schools and $500 to the finalists' schools.

Strong Schools = Strong Communities - East Junior High School Sponsors Giving Tree Project:   The National Jr. Honor Society at East Jr. High recently sponsored the annual Giving Tree project. This year's recipient was Soroptimist International which provides gift cards to foster children in the Treasure Valley for Christmas. Through the very generous donations from all of the students and staff, a total of $1,300 in cash and an additional twenty $20 gift cards were collected. With the cash that was received, members of the NJHS went shopping at a local Fred Meyer store (pictured) to purchase more than fifty $25 gift cards. These were presented to the Soroptimists on Friday, December 16 in time for Christmas delivery.    

Pictured left to right:  Dawn Shaw, P.E. Teacher, Monroe; Charlene Maher,  Idaho Dairy Council; and Jeff Farley Monroe Principal.
Monroe Elementary Wins Mayor's Walking Challenge:   Monroe Elementay School was recently awarded $2,000 for winning the Mayor's Walking Challenge. Monroe plans to use the money towards a rock climbing wall in the gym.  This one-month event encourages students and Mayors in the Treasure Vally to lace up their sneakers and get moving! The goal is to increase the health of children by encouraging them to walk and run at school. The School Walking Challenge builds team work, enhances school pride, and increases public awareness of the opportunity for children and adults to improve their healthy while walking. Learn more here.

Cynthia Mann Elementary Teacher Receives State Recognition:  Evelyn Tobey (pictured), 2nd Grade Teacher, Cynthia Mann Elementary School, has been selected to receive the Junior Achievement of Idaho Teacher of the Year Award.  

Boise District Libraries Are Up To Great Things!:  A report of Boise School District Libraries shows they are playing an integral part in the success of all students. From supporting literarcy, coaching students in evaluating information, and collaborating with teachers to provide authentic learning opportunities for your students, BSD's libraries are working hard for students each school day. Click here  to review the report or click

 on the image above. 

In other Library news, Les Bois Junior High, in collaboration with the Boise Public Library (BPL), is excited to offer each of their students an opportunity to access the offerings of Boise Public Library with a simplified card application process. Combined with the resources available through Boise School District Libraries, this pilot program will allow students to access a wide array of print and digital resources that they would not otherwise be able access.

In January, parents will receive instructions with a link to a form as well as a PDF form option from Les Bois Junior High. Boise Public Library will print library cards for those students whose parents have opted in.

"The Mayor's office and Kevin Booe, Director of Boise Public Library, are excited to be developing and promoting this initiative with the Boise School District," said Erin Downey, District Consulting Librarian. "When the Bown Crossing branch opens in Spring 2017, we will organize an official launch event for the library card program."

"It is our hope to expand this program to all secondary schools in the fall of 2017 so that parents can easily get library cards for their students without having to go to their library branch and present proof of address," added Downey. "Eventually, we would like to partner with BPL to offer the opportunity for public library cards to all students in the Boise School District."

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Boise Centre Donates Equipment from Convention Center to Boise Schools:   The Boise Centre is donating auditorium seats to the Boise School District due to renovation work going on at the Centre. The 349 seats (pictured), which have an attached writing platform,  will be repurposed in the future by the District. "We are delighted the theatre seats will be put to good use by Boise Schools," said Mary-Michael Rogers, Communicatons Manager, Boise Centre.

Data Points - Evaluating The McREL Teacher Evaluation Audit: In his latest Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly outlines the flaws of a teacher evaluations audit conducted by McREL International.      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.  Read Dr. Coberly's blog post here

Parents -  Sign-Up for Emergency Text Messaging:  The Boise School District offers emergency text messaging for parents/guardians.   Click here to learn more and sign-up.

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News Media Contact:
Dan Hollar
Public Affairs Administrator
Boise School District  
(208) 854-4064  

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