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February 16:  Each Boise junior high school will be sending their 16 fastest CO2 dragsters to the district championships. The event will be held at East Junior High, 5600 E. Warm Springs Avenue, Boise, starting at 9 am and ending before 2 pm.  The participating students are enrolled in the  District's Tech (Pre-Engineeing) program, and every 9th grade student in this program had the chance to design, build, and fine-tune their small dragsters to compete. Dragsters had to meet very specific specifications, including a minimum weight of 45 grams, and only the fastest 16 cars from each school qualified. Awards will be given to the fastest car in the district, as well as best designs. Click on the adjacent video to watch highlights from the 2015 competition. For more information, contact Brian Johns, Tech teacher at West Junior High at brian.johns@boiseschools.org  
NOTE: Local news media representatives are invited to cover this year's competition. 


February 17:  No school, K-12 grades. 

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

February 21:   Click here to review and register for Community Education classes starting the week of February 21st.    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 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, 24 & 25:    Timberline High School Choir program's annual Dinner Show is Beauty and the Beast!   February 23 , 24, 25.  Dinner starts at  5:30 , with a  7:00  show time.   Tickets are $14 adults, $8 students/seniors/faculty! (Including all BSD faculty!) The dinner and show tickets are $24 and $14 respectively.   Tickets can be purchased online  here ,  at the Timberline ASB office or at the door.   Be our Guest for this magical evening of food, entertainment and of course the award-winning Broadway version of Disney's classic masterpiece, Beauty and the Beast!  

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 District is able to raise $172.5 million WITHOUT increasing the current property tax rate for property owners due to:
  • Sound financial management and long-term planning
  • Rising property values in Boise
  • The expiration of the 2012 levy and 1996 bond
  • The restructuring of other long-term debt
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.


Boise District Students Take Home Awards in Micron Math Meet:  This year's Micron Math Meet was a huge success.  The following elementary schools participated this year: Cynthia Mann, Liberty, Mountain View, Riverside, Collister, Highlands, Hidden Springs, Horizon,  Monroe, Valley View and Pierce Park.  Sponsored by the Micron Foundation , the annual event promotes math education among elementary school students and encourages them to love math through hands-on learning and STEM opportunities.  Below are the results from this year's Micron Math Meet. Click here to view some photos taken of the competition. 

5th Grade results (Feb 10th)

Individual Competition
1st Place: Garrett Eppich (Riverside)
2nd Place: Elena Li (Collister), Forrest Zeng (Collister), Alex Kitsinger (Collister)
3rd Place: Nachika Murakami (Riverside)

Spatial Reasoning Competition
1st Place:  Divide & Conquer (Riverside)
2nd Place: The Exponents (Highlands)

Problem Solving Team Competition
1st Place: Divide & Conquer (Riverside)
2nd Place: Math Magicians (Collister)
3rd Place: Coordinate Pilots (Riverside)

6th Grade (Feb 3rd)

Individual Competition
1st Place: Sabrina Schatz (Collister), William Van De Graaf (Valley View), Hunter Hollbrook (Valley View)
2nd Place: Jack McQuesten (Cynthia Mann)

Spatial Reasoning Competition
1st Place: 3.14159...(Riverside)
2nd Place: π 4 U (Hidden Springs)
3rd Place:  I2 3 π (Highlands)

Problem Solving Team Competition
1st Place: Tangerines (Collister)
2nd Place: I2 3 π (Collister)
3rd Place: Hippotenuses (Valley View) 

Garfield Elementary School Educator Wins Top National Teacher Award:  On Friday, February 10, 2017 at the NEA Foundation's Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C., Sonia Galaviz, a fifth grade educator at Garfield Elementary School in Boise, received one of public education's most prestigious honors: The NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence and $25,000.

"Teaching with courage is not the path of least resistance," Galaviz said. "Without a doubt, it is a challenging journey that strengthens our intention to be the teachers we want to be, to take risks in the same fashion we ask our students to, and to elevate our classrooms to a station beyond the current trends and buzzwords."
 
The NEA Foundation's gala is an annual celebration of the men and women who work in America's public schools. The NEA Foundation presented more than 40 awards to exceptional educators and dedicated supporters of public education. Galaviz's award was the evening's finale.
 
"Sonia has been selected for this award by her peers for attaining the highest teaching standards, as illustrated by her exemplary instruction, advocacy for the profession, and staunch support of public education," said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. "She provides students with important first-hand, experiential learning. She also creates a safe and engaging environment where students can explore learning opportunities in and outside the classroom."

Cick here to learn more and click the video image below to watch an inspirational video about Sonia Galaviz. 



Idaho Youth Sports Commission Honors Boise High Student & Timberline Coach:   The Idaho Youth Sports Commission has selected Boise 
High School's  Audrey Dingel (pictured left) for being chosen as the award recipient o f, "Honor The Game" and Timberline High School's - Ty Axtman (pictured right) for being chosen as the award recipient of the "Positive Coaching" award for 2017.   The mission statement of IYSC is to provide every child the opportunity to participate in a sports activity and to provide education, trainin g and standards to ensure youth sports are a positive experience for all athletes, coaches, officials and parents. IYSC is dedicated to the physical and emotional well-being of our youth and instilling the principles of fair play, respect and sportsmanship. Click here to learn more. 


Boise School District's Food & Nutrition Services Program Earns National Ranking:   A national scorecard of school breakfast programs by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC, a national anti-hunger advocacy group) ranks the Boise School District among the top in the country.  The report measures the reach of the School Breakfast Program by comparing the number of free and reduced-price certified students eating schol breakfst to the number of such children eating school lunch.  The Scorecard ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the participation of low-income children in the School Breakfast Program, and finds that 60,406 low-income children in Idaho participated in school breakfast on an average school day in 2015-2016. This represents an 3% increase over the previous year.  For School Breakfast in Large School Districts, the Boise School District is applauded at ranking 6th in the nation of those districts surveyed. Idaho ranks number 13 on the annual School Breakfast Scorecard. Click here to learn more. 

Boise High School Counselor Chosen to Present at Regional Forum: David Chehey, Counselor at Boise High (pictured), presented twice at CollegeBoard's Western Regional Forum in February in Costa Mesa, CA. He was part of a workshop panel on "Career Advancement, Professional 'Fit,' and Work-Life Balance" as well as led a session on "Mindfulness, Purpose, and Self-Care" for high school and college admissions personnel. 



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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!

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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Dan Hollar
Public Affairs Administrator
Boise School District  
(208) 854-4064
dan.hollar@boiseschools.org  

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