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February 13:   Want to get out of the house, meet new people and learn something new?  Here's your chance. Click here to review and register for Community Education classes starting the week of February 13th.   We have classes for all ages! 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!

February 13:   Boise School Board meeting, 6:00 p.m., Boise School District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise.  Click here to review the meeting agenda. 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 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 FAFSA and the steps needed 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. Call to set up an appointment if you have a child who is from 3-5 years old and who 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. 

February 23:   Boise High Choir and Orchestra Concert and Fundraising Event "All You Need Is Love". A night of Music about Love  with Dessert, Silent Auction and More!  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (Cathedral of the Rockies) 717 N. 11th Street. Tickets: $10.00 available at the door. Featured performance of Eric Whitacre's Five Hebrew Love Songs at 7:30 pm. 

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.

The need for this bond election is driven by:
  • A Facility Audit that shows growing deferred school maintenance needs (nearly $330 million).
  • Aging schools - 52% of Boise's schools were built more than a half-century ago and are facing significant maintenance needs & deficiencies.

The amount of the bond is $172.5 million, which does NOT raise the current property tax rate.

The bond addresses overcrowding,  outdated and aging facilities, and gives students access to modern classrooms and schools that reflect best practices in education and technology - ensuring students graduate college and career ready.

 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. 

High School Students Win Prizes in Scholastic Art & Writing Competition: A number of high school students within the Boise School District have won prizes from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Click here for a complete national list of award recipients, including winning students from Borah, Capital and Timberline highs. Search by school names to see the winning students. Work was judged on the regional level for Honorable Mention, Silver Key, and Gold Key Awards. Gold Key work will advance for consideration in national-level recognition. In 2013, more than 230,000 works of art and writing were submitted. At the regional level, approximately 7 - 10% of the works submitted received Regional Gold Keys, 10-15% received Silver Keys and 15 - 20% received Honorable Mentions.

Timberline Speech & Debate Team & Students Earn Awards at Tournament:  Timberline High School's Speech and Debate Team earned 2nd Place in the Sweepstakes category (the team award) at last weekend's Foley Tournament in Spokane, Washington.  Timberline competed against 30 schools and 15 Timberline students participated in the tournament and every single one of them received a medal (some multiple medals). Click here to learn more.  

Hillside Principal Wins Refugee Champion Award:  Mr. Nate Dennis, Principal, Hillside Junior High School, has been selected to receive the 2017 Refugee Champion Award as presented at the refugee conference held at Boise State on Tues., Feb. 7, 2017. 

Principal Dennis was recognized for making Hillside a kind, safe and compassionate place for refugee students and for his dedication to the Bridge program, which helps refugee students succeed in the Boise School District.

"We are proud of Principal Dennis for receiving this much-deserved award," said Stacey Roth, Administrator of the District's English Language Learner program. "It is with Principal Dennis' leadership that refugee students at Hillside are able to flourish and succeed. The entire Hillside community, including staff and students have welcomed our refugee students with open arms and this award serves as recognition of their efforts to create a nurturing school environment, as well. Our refugee students make us all proud and make us all better people."

Principal Dennis is pictured with Christian Lim, counselor, Hillside Jr. High, who nominated Mr. Dennis for this award.

There were 14 nominations and 4 award winners. The award is given annually to recognize outstanding humanitarian contribution to the refugee resettlement in Idaho.

District Educators Receive Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching: Two Boise School District educators, Nikki Clark-Vega and Maura Goddard, have been selected to receive The 2016 Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching The Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching recognizes kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers in Idaho and beyond who make a major difference in the lives of their students through their passion and caring.

Alan and Wendy Pesky, founders of the Lee Pesky Learning Center, created the award with the College of Education through a mutual vision to honor and recognize inspiring teachers.
Each of the four teachers selected for the awards receive $2,000 and their schools receive $500 each. It is the only award known of its kind in the country. Following is information about the Boise District award recipients. 

Nikki Clark-Vega
Nikki Clark-Vega , Boise High School, Boise School District, Sports Medicine. Nominated by Kirsten Youngblood, elementary education. Regarding relationships Clark-Vega develops with her students, Youngblood wrote in her nomination "I think the relationships you create with your students is important and she is the perfect example of creating those life long relationships...I want to make as much of an impact on my students' life as she has done with me."

Maura Goddard
Maura Goddard, North Jr. High School, Boise School District, world studies. Nominated by Jacki Blackstone, elementary education, who wrote, "Maura showed me that being a teacher could really be fun, because it was obvious that she came into work every day and loved interacting with us. Her involvement went way past the classroom, attending student events, recommending students for positions and for colleges. She truly cares about her students, and I see a lot of my own teaching philosophy manifested from her."

Patricia Thorpe

Photography Instructor Recognized:  Patricia Thorpe, Photography Teacher, Timberline High School, will have her photos recognized by being on display at an art show currently being held at the Nampa Civic Center, Main Hall, sponsored by Nampa Art Collective.  

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Boise School District Career Counselors Launch Twitter Account:   P repare for college and career success by following   Boise District's Career Counselors on their new Twitter Account:  #bsdcollegebound. Learn important information about college application deadlines, scholarship information, college research information, etc.   In addition, log on to the BSD's new College and Career Counseling website here. This new website features valuable information on preparing to go on to college and also includes a site here where you can schedule an appointment to meet with your school counselor.  

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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 and click here to visit the new Food & Nutrition website. 

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

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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