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What's Happening in Boise School District

February 6:   Community Education's Winter session continues.  Click here to review and register for classes starting the week of February 6th.   We have classes for all ages! From culinary arts, to fitness and health, we offer a wide variety of personal enrichment courses. Community Education serves as Boise's first choice for lifelong learning! Continue your journey with us and discover the possibilities!

February 9:    Jefferson Elementary (200 S. Latah St.) will be holding the school's first STEM night for students and parents on February 9th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Some of the events for the evening include: Lego Adventures, Edible Aquifers, Reptile exploration, Liquid Nitrogen fun, and special guest David Rush, a finalist from America's Got Talent. Mr. Rush will discuss the science and math involved in juggling. David Rush is a 2003 graduate of Borah High School.

February 13:   Boise School Board meeting, 6:00 p.m., Boise School District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise. When available, the Board meeting agenda will be posted here. Public is invited to attend. 

February 15:   Capital High School, with the help of the College of Western Idaho, will sponsor a Hispanic Family Night at Capital on Feb. 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dinner and child care will be provided. Families will be provided an opportunity  to learn about the FAFSA and steps to take in going to college.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.  Hispanic families from the Boise School District, representing grades 9-1, are being invited. Capital is located at 8055 W. Goddard, Boise. Click here for an agenda and click here to learn more.

February 17:  No school, K-12 grades. 

February 20:  Presidents' Day - No school, K-12 grades. 

February 22:   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. 

March 9:  Kindergarten registration, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at your neighborhood elementary school. 

March 14:   On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 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:
  • Reinvest in every one of the 48 schools in the District by providing facility improvements under the Educational Facilities Master Plan.
  • Invest more than $155 million into 22 major capital projects, including the rebuilding of six schools on their current sites (Pierce Park Elementary, Highlands Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Valley View Elementary, Whittier Elementary and Amity Elementary); a new school in the Harris Ranch area; and an expansion of the District's Professional Technical Center.
  • Pay for renovations at Collister and Longfellow elementary schools, Hillside and Fairmont junior high schools and Boise High School.
 Click here to learn more. 

Building For Student Success - Our Results:    Boise School District is committed to providing high quality educational programs and preparing students for college, career and citizenship. What do Boise School District patrons get for their tax money?  
  • Boise School District is one of the highest performing school districts in Idaho, the region and the nation. 
  • 60% of Boise School District graduates attend college compared to 46% statewide.
  • Half of Idaho's 2016 National Merit Semi-Finalists came from the Boise School District.
  • Our students outperform Idaho and the nation on standardized tests, college entrance exams, and Advanced Placement (AP) testing.
  • 91% of Boise's AP test takers in the class of 2013 enrolled in college and 80% of those students are still enrolled.
  • All four of our traditional high schools are listed among America's top high schools by The Washington Post.
  • District patrons enjoy school choices such as Dual Language Immersion, Montessori, Classical, International, Math and Science, Professional-Technical and the Harbor Method.
U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates Announced:   A total of 25 graduating high school seniors from the Boise School District are named U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates. The Boise District students selected represent 44% of Idaho's total number of U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates. The Boise School District enrolls about 9% of the students in the state of Idaho.

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.

Below are the 25 students from Boise, Borah, Capital and Timberline high schools named 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates. Review the complete list of 2017 U.S Presidential Scholar Candidates  here . Click  here  to view KTVB-TV's news coverage of one of the District's U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates, Capital High School's Ivan Vazquez. 

Isabella Archibald
Boise High School

Savannah Armstrong
Borah High School

Caleb Batten
Boise High School

Katherine Bush
Boise High School

Winston Gee
Boise High School

Spencer Hull
Timberline High School

Courtney Hurlbut
Timberline High School 

Hyonoo Joo
Timberline High School

Katherine Koeplin
Boise High School

Elizabeth Lee 
Boise High School

Daniel Liu
Capital High School

Kelly Loutzenheiser
Boise High School

Connor Lynch
Capital High School

Vincent Ma
Timberline High School

Thomas Maloney
Boise High School

Anna McClain-Sims
Borah High School

Hannah Mills
Borah High School

Grace Rosenvall 
Capital High School 

Derek Stein
Timberline High School 

Ellie Van De Graaff
Capital High School 

Ivan Vazquez
Capital High School 

Daryl Vogel
Borah High School 

Anne Xia
Boise High School 

Andrew Zhang
Capital High School 

Henry Zhang
Capital High School 

Lauren Vandervelden
Boise High School 
Boise High School Student Wins National Music Competition:     Lauren Vandervelden, won first place in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Senior Composition Competition for her piano quintent  Kaleidoscopic Suite.   Lauren, a 17-year old composer and violinist, studies composition with Philip Wharton of New York City and violin with Sarn Oliver of the San Francisco Symphony. Lauren has previously won several national composition awards. The MTNA Composition Competition was judged prior to the 2017 MTNA National Conference, which will take place March 18-22 in Baltimore, MD. As a national competition winner, Lauren receives $2,000, provided by the MTNA Foundation Fund. Her composition will be performed in the winners' recital Monday, March 20, at the conference. Click here to learn more. 

Pam Arriola 
Head Athletic Teacher/Sports Medicine Instructor
Capital High School
Capital High Educator Receives National Award:  Pam Arriola, Head Athletic Teacher/Sports Medicine Instructor, Capital High School has been selected by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Directors to receive the Athletic Trainining Service Award.  " This award is presented to athletic trainers who demonstrate exemplary work and service to the profession and association at the local and state level and their is no question that Pam embodies all of this," said Tony Fitzpatrick, Head Athletic Trainer, Timberline High School.   "Pam has been a tireless worker as an athletic trainer on behalf of the Capital Eagles, Boise School District athletes and Idaho.  I can attest to all of her hard work as Idaho Athletic Trainers' Association President from 2006 to 2010.   I've never met a harder working more passionate athletic trainer than Pam." Pam will receive her  award this summer at the National Athletic Trainers' Association Conference in Houston as she is inducted alongside other amazing athletic trainers into the Athletic Training Service Award class of 2017.

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District Launches Facebook Page:  As part of our ongoing effort to improve communication to the community we serve, Boise School District has launched a District Facebook page.  Be sure to Like Us on Facebook and discover how your Boise School District is Educating Today for a Better Tomorrow!

New Food & Nutrion Services Website Designed to Serve You!:  Boise School District's Food & Nutrition Services recently launched a new state of the art website for students and their families. The website is loaded with nutrition resources to help students, teachers, and families learn about good nutrition and wellness, both at school and at home. One of the highlights of the website is our interactive menus. Click here   to learn more. 

Dennis Professional Technical Educatoin Center Selling Car to Support Student ASB Fund:
The Dennis Technical Education Center is selling a 1996 Mercury Mystique with proceeds from the sale benefitting the Student ASB Funds of the Pro-Tech Center. Click here to learn more. C ontact John Connor at  if interested

Data Points - Teacher Evaluations - The Saga Continues: In his latest Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly  takes a closer look at the current controversy associated with teacher evaluations and concerns associated with a request by the State Department of Education with respect to all evaluations done in 2015-16.    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

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.

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.

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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