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

March 6 - 10:  Early voting in the Boise School District Bond Election is currently available at the following locations and times: 

Ada County Elections Office
400 N. Benjamin Ln. Ste. 100
Boise, ID 83704

Dates and Times: Feb. 27th - Mar. 10th, M-F, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Early Voting closes at 5 p.m. on March 10th). 

Boise City Hall
150 N. Capitol Blvd.
Boise, ID 83702

Dates and Times: Feb. 27th - Mar. 10th, M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Early Voting closes at 5 p.m. on March 10th).

Ada County Mobile Voting Unit Schedule
Click here to view the schedule for the Ada County Mobile Voting Unit.

Click here to learn more about the Boise School District Bond Election. Visit Ada County Elections website here or call the Elections Office at 208-287-6860 for more information. 

March 7:   Timberline High Jazz Ensemble will present its first ever benefit concert featuring Seattle pianist, Bill Anschell and Idaho saxophone professional, Brent Jensen,  Tuesday, March 7th at 7 p.m.  in the THS Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. All proceeds benefit THS Bands! Click here to learn more. 

March 6 - 10:   National School Breakfast Week. This year's theme, "Take the School Breakfast Challenge," encourages parents, students and school officials to start their morning with a healthy breakfast. Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little will be reading a Governor's Proclamation for Idaho School Breakfast Week at Pierce Park Elementary (5015 N. Pierce Park Ln.) on March 8th from 8:40 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Lt. Gov. Little will then sit with students to enjoy a healthy morning meal.  This breakfast program provides children a significant portion of the nutrition they need to learn and be healthy.  After the proclamation reading, students will have the opportunity to view a video filmed at Whitney Elementary highlighting breakfast in the classroom in the Boise School District.  Click the above video image to learn more. 

March 9:  Kindergarten registration will take place at your neighborhood elementary school. Further information is provided below and here

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.

If approved, the $172.5 million bond will allow the District to invest in every school, creating a positive legacy for our children and grandchildren, all without raising the tax rate.
  • 22 major capital projects
  • Build six new elementary schools on their current sites
  • A new school in the Harris Ranch area
  • Expansion of job-training classes, including Electrical, Plumbing and Heating-Air Conditioning
  • Expansion of Timberline High School
  • Remodel of Boise High's Old Gym
  • Expansion of physical education, music and cafeteria spaces
Click  here to learn more. 

March 15:  Hillside Junior High School Bridge students will host a Cultural Celebration on Wednesday, March 15th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the Hillside Junior High School Gymnasium, 3536 W. Hill Rd. Dinner will be served and the Bridge Students will be performing.

March 16:   Fundraiser and Talent Night to benefit Boise School District's STEP Program (Student Transition Education Program). Please plan to jon us for a heartwarming and fun night of talent and silent auction at Boise State University's Jordan Ballroom from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All funds will benefit students enrolled in the STEP Program.   $5 entrance fee at the door and incredible silent auction items such as rafting trips, cabin in Yellowstone, plane ride with lunch, "stay-cations", and many other items. Current and past students from the Student Transition Education Program will perform. It is sure to be a night you will not forget! For further information and questions, please contact Karen Gillette at 890-2963.  STEP  is a safe place where students and staff treat others with respect, given quality care and feel valued as individuals. Students develop friendships and work hand in hand with the community to gain knowledge and experience. The overall goals are to develop vocational, self-determination, self advocacy and life skills to reach maximum independence.  Students can be referred to the transition program by parents, student, and home school special education team. Click here to learn more. 

Boise District Students Earn Top Spots in Western Idaho Regional Science Bowl:  Boise District students earned top honors in the recently held Western Idaho Regional Science Bowl.  A total of 23 teams took part in the competition held in Boise on Monday, February 27. Boise High's Science Bowl team, pictured below with Coach Robert Bellomy, won top honors and will represent Western Idaho when they travel to Washington, D.C. for the National Science Bowl April 27 - May 1.  Treasure Valley Math and Science Center (pictured below) placed second after a hard fought battle with Boise High and Timberline High School (pictured below) received third place honors at the Western Idaho High School Science Bowl. The teams are asked a series of questions in a bracket-style tournament. The event encourages student interest in science, technology, engineering and math subjects.

"I think for the students to be able to compete in an academic competition is really different and unique," said Kami Faylor with the Micron Foundation. "It really helps them see that there is value to that, and to know that they have a future in science, and they can have a future in academics." 
Boise High School Science Bowl Team Won the 2017 Regional Championship at the Western Idaho High School Science Bowl
Pictured L to R: Coach Robert Bellomy,  Eunice Kweon (11th grade), Annie Xia (12th grade), Anthony Luo (10th grade), Caleb Batten (12th grade) and Cooper Shea (11th grade). 

Treasure Valley Math & Science Center placed second after a hard fought battle with Boise High.

Timberline High School earned third place honors at the Western Idaho High School Science Bowl. 

Timberline Music Student Headed to State Competition: Timberline High junior Kate Allen (pictured) was named Mezzo Soprano DIII Champion at the District Vocal Solo Competition this past weekend.  She now will represent Timberline and DIII at the State Competition this spring. 

Timberline High Students Involved in Wolf Connection Program Named 7's Hero:    A group of juniors and seniors at Timberline High School (pictured below) are trying to make a difference in their community.  These students, members of the 'Wolf Connection,' are busy building relationships with all generations in the community. The students recently were honored for their community service by being named a 7's Hero. Click here to learn more or click on the image below.

Boise District Students Qualify for VEX World Robotics Competition:  A team of students from Les Bois Junior High School (pictured) competed in the VEX State Robotics Tournament this past weekend (March 4-5) and took first place in Best Design and Blueprints and won the Excellence Award for Best Overall, qualifying the team to compete in April at the VEX World Robotics Tournament in Kentucky. The team is coached by Les Bois Technology Teacher Brandon Hampton.

Mountain View Students Collect Donations for Camp Rainbow Gold:   The students in the Mountain View Elementary Excel classroom, along with their social worker Jennifer Young and classroom teacher Nancy Gersack recently sponsored a school wide competition to collect much needed supplies for Camp Rainbow Gold. Camp Rainbow Gold's mission is, "To provide emotionally empowering experiences to Idaho's children diagnosed with cancer and their families." The competition was so close, the entire school will be receiving a popsicle party! However, the big winners are those who will be provided with the needed supplies when they attend camp this summer.

Partners in Science Grants Awarded to Boise School District High School Science Teachers:   Three high school teachers in the Boise School District were each awarded a $15,000 grant from the Partners in Science Program sponsored by M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. They are Kate Dircksen and Violet Martin from Capital High School and Paul Verhage from Treasure Valley Math and Science Center. These teachers will be spending the next two summers working with University Professors doing primary research at both NNU (Paul) and BSU (Kate and Violet). They will present their research findings at a national conference in San Diego each year. They will also learn how to use Van Andel Model of Inquiry to teach scientific inquiry and the habits of mind. 

Kate Dircksen
Capital High School 
Science Teacher

Violet Martin
Capital High School
Science Teacher

Paul Verhage
Treasure Valley Math & Science Center
Science Teacher

Another three high school science teachers in the Boise School District were each awarded a $9,000 supplemental grant from the Partners in Science Program. These teachers were awarded the initial $15,000 grant two years ago and applied for the supplemental grant which allows them to bring their research experiences to their students in the classroom. These teachers are Gina Lockwood and D.J. Eberlin, both from Borah High School and Sharon Cates from Capital High School.

Gina Lockwood
Borah High School
Science Teacher

D. J. Eberlin
Borah High School
Science Teacher

Sharon Cates
Capital High School
Science Teacher 

Data Points - Bad News About The Effects of School Voucher Programs: In his latest Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly takes a closer look at two recent national articles that cast extensive doubt on the advisability of vouchers in public schools. 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.

Now Open:  SUEZ Student Water Conservation Video Contest:  This fun and important contest is open to any student in the Boise School District enrolled in grades 9-12.  Individuals or teams create one video commercial promoting water conservation submitted in both a 25-seconds length and 10-seconds length.  Frist, second and third place entries will air on local television stations during the summer water conservation season. The first place spot will also air on Idaho Public Television (IPTV. The winner(s) will be invited to the IPTV editing room and will be highlighted in their monthly magazine, Channels.   Videos must be submitted by April 28, 2017. Click here to review contest rules and forms. 

Calling All Community Education Instructors:  Do you have a skill, talent, hobby or interest you would like to share with the community? Community Education wants YOU! We are always searching for new instructors to join our wonderful team of volunteers. Community Education is recruiting for our upcoming Spring session of classes. If you are interested in teaching Community Education classes, please access the documents below to submit your application and proposal:

Why become a volunteer instructor?
  • To have FUN!To enhance personal well being - volunteers live longer, healthier lives
  • To build networks for personal and professional growth
  • To share talents, skills, and expertise
  • To inspire lifelong learning in others
  • To create a more productive and enriched community 
How to apply:

If you are interested in teaching Community Education classes, please click the links below to submit your application and proposal:

Parent Education Spring Classes Available:   Boise School District has developed a parent education program to offer support and skills to assist parents or guardians with raising happy and responsible kids.  Classes are offered throughout the city's school buildings at different start dates throughout the semester and are taught by certified school counselors who have extensive training and experience.   Parent education classes are available twice a year, fall and spring. The cost of the class/es is based on a sliding scale.  Lifetime memberships are available.  Classes that are offered change, but may include:  "Parenting with Love and Logic", "Parenting Teens with Love and Logic", "Co-parenting through Divorce or Separation", and others. Click here to learn more. 

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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