What's Happening in Boise School District
August 29 & 31:   Boise School District's Community Schools program will take center stage this week as families participate in Ready, Set, Go events at Whittier Elementary School (301 N. 29th St.) on Tuesday, Aug. 29th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and at Whitney Elementary School (1609 S. Owyhee St.) on Thursday, Aug. 31st from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  These kick-off events are designed to introduce families to our Community School programs, which are focused on supporting a holistic relationship between families, schools and community by engaging families, meeting needs, providing opportunities, empowering students and families, and building connections through partnerships with our communities. 

September 4:   Labor Day - No school K-12. 

September 5 & 6:   The public is invited to attend two public focus group meetings to discuss the Boise School District's proposed modification to the 2018-19 school year. The meetings will be held as follows:
  • Tuesday, September 5th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Whitney Elementary School, 1609 S. Owyhee St., Boise
  • Wednesday, September 6th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Lowell Elementary School, 1507 N. 28th St., Boise
With a focus on student achievement, the Boise School District's Board of Trustees in October of 2017 will consider modifying the 2018-19 school year calendar to end the First Semester prior to the Winter Holiday Break, which will result in ending the school year before Memorial Day weekend, the last week of May.  Currently, First Semester ends about two weeks after Winter Break and secondary students spend that 'break' studying and preparing for their final exams. The school year currently ends after Memorial Day in June. public comments website has been created to accept input from Boise School District parents/guardians, students, staff members and patrons.

September 11:   Boise School Board meeting, 6:00 p.m. ,  Board Room, District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Road, Boise. The Board will
receive monthly agenda items that they will review and consider for approval.  
Public is invited to attend. Complete agenda will be posted on the Boise School District Board of Trustees Meeting Packet website.

September 12:   Boise Watershed Education Center will host Teachers Night Out from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  This event will allow teachers to Network with fellow teachers and learn more about local businesses and organizations that support educators through programs, grant and scholarship funding and curriculum resources. Free resources, raffle prizes and more await Treasure Valley educators. Learn more...

September 11 Fall Community Education classes begin. Choose from hundreds of personal enrichment courses. From fitness, health, culinary arts, to computers, arts and crafts, travel and garden, green living and the great outdoors, there's a class for all ages!  Review our course catalog then register for classes online at www.boiselearns.org.   For more than 45-years, we've served as Boise's first choice for lifelong learning. Continue your journey with us!  

Tom Schimmer
September 28:  Boise School District parents and guardians are invited to attend a presentation by Internationally-known Educator, Author and Speaker Tom Schimmer entitled Grading in Schools Today from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium at South Jr. High, 3101 Cassia St., Boise.  You'll learn:
  • Why teaching has changed since you were in school.
  • How today's grading practices hold students accountable.
  • What is the purpose of homework.
  • How a grade builds confidence
  • What a grade should tell you about your student.
  • How you and your children can be more involved in the learning process.
K-6 Report Card Re-Design:  To help prepare our students to be college and career ready, Boise School District has updated the K-6 report card. The new K-6 report card will now closely align to Idaho Core Standards in English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Social Studies, Science, Health & P.E. and Music.  The purpose of the report card is to communicate the student's progression towards learning goals, highlight strengths, and guide improvement. The District has published a Parent Guide To K-6 Report Card Re-Design brochure to explain the changes made to the new K-6 report card.  In addition, the District has created a K-6 Report Card Re-Design website to provide further information for parents and guardians. 

Hawthorne Garden Benefits from Fundraiser:    Recently, kids from the Boys and Girls Club Boise Bench Club location, along with Boys and Girls Club Director of Operations, Joey Schueler, proudly presented a check for $352.00 to go to Hawthorne Elementary School's Idaho Native Plants Learning Landscape & Teaching Garden, which was vandalized last month. The check was presented to Amy Pence-Brown, who oversees the school's garden. 

To counter the act of vandalism, Boys and Girls Club kids held a benefit car wash and collected donations from the community to raise funds for the garden. An anonymous Club supporter generously matched all funds they raised. All funds will go towards new plants, signage, educational materials, and supplies for the garden.

Breakfast, Lunch & Supper Served in Boise School District:  Boise School District participates in the USDA National School Breakfast, National School Lunch and Child and Adult Care Food Program's At Risk Supper
 Programs. Breakfast and lunch are served at all Boise schools. Suppers are provided at 7 schools with Boise Parks & Recreation after school programs including Garfield, Grace Jordan, Hawthorne, Jefferson, Morley Nelson, Whitney, and William Howard Taft. Free & reduced price meals are available to students who qualify and are free to students who attend a Community Eligibility Provision schools. Free & reduced price meal applications are now being accepted. Apply on-line at  https://foodservice.boiseschools.org   Learn more...

Now Hiring Food Service Staff Members:   Boise School District's Food & Nutrition Services is now hiring staff members to serve our students.  If you're looking for a rewarding position that makes a positive difference in a student's life, consider becoming a member of our Food & Nutrition Services team! To learn more, visit the Boise School District's Job Posting website .  

Boise District Schools to Receive Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grants:  A number of elementary schools in the Boise School District will receive Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The elementary schools selected include Garfield, Grace Jordan, Hawthorne, Hillcrest, Horizon, Jefferson, Koelsch, Lowell, Morley Nelson, Mountain View, Owyhee, Valley View, Whitney, Whittier, and William Howard Taft. Students at these schools will recieve a variety of free, fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day.  Section 19 of the National School Lunch Act requires that schools with the highest free-and reduced-identified enrollment be given priority for participation in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. This selection criterion ensures that the program benefits children who generally have fewer opportunities to consume fresh fruit and vegetables on a regular basis.

Now Hiring School Bus Drivers - Bonuses Offered:  First Student, Boise School District's school bus contractor, is curently hiring school bus drivers.  First Student is proud to offer:

  • $1,500 bonus for CDL drivers with School Bus experience (expires 9/1/2017)
  • $1,000 bonus for NON CDL drivers (expires 9/1/2017)
  • Child ride-along program
  • Training leading to a Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
  • Many opportunities for additional hours
  • Opportunities for career advancement
  • Competitive houly wages.
Apply online at apply.firstgroupcareers.com or call 208.854.5230.  Learn more...
2017-18 Boise School District Opening Day Video
2017-18 Boise School District Opening Day Video
2017-18 Opening Day Video Informs & Inspires:   Each year, Boise School District holds a meeting for staff members to prepare for the start of the new school year. This year, thanks to the support of the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation, the adjacent video was produced to inform and inspire staff as they prepared to greet more 26-thousand students on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

Donate Your Solar Eclipse Glasses:   Don't know what to do with your solar eclipse glasses? Boise State University staff member Susan Hamblin will be collecting eclipse glasses to donate to Astronomers Without Borders, a California-based organization that plans to donate the glasses to schools in South America and Asian to protect kids' eyes when eclipses cross those contintents in 2019.   Learn more...

Speech Contest:    Each fall the Ada Soil & Water Conservation District hosts a speech contest for students in Ada County in 9-12th grades. The topic is based off the theme from the National Association of Conservation District's Stewardship Week. This year it is "Healthy Soils are Full of Life." Participants must give a 3 to 5 minute speech relating to the theme. Learn more...
Data Points - The Effect of Student Mobility on Student Achievement: In his latest Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly examines why considering student mobility is important for the Idaho Reading Indicator (and every other accountability measure).   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.  
Parents - Sign-Up for Emergency Text Messaging: The Boise School District offers emergency text messaging for parents/guardians.  To receive emergency text messages sign-up on our emergency text messaging registration webpage

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
Boise School District | 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise, Idaho 83709 | 208.854.4000  ww.boiseschools.org

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