Press ReleaseFor Immediate Release
What's Happening in Boise School District 
Here's a look at some of the events happening in your Boise School District:

Monday, January 21:   Martin Luther King holiday. No school for Boise School District students.


Tuesday, January 22 & Saturday, January 26:   Borah High School, in collaboration with Kessler-Keener Lecture Series, will present two opportunities to experience a unique multicultural playwriting project featuring Boarh High School youth and professional actors: Tuesday, January 22, Langriose Center, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., College of Idaho, Caldwell 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 26, Hatch Ballroom, Student Union Building, 1700 University Dr., Boise State University, Boise. Both performances are free and open to the public.


Thursday, January 24 - Saturday, January 26:   Borah High School's choral and theater departments present The Music Man. Show times are 7 p.m. January 24 and 25, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. January 26. Borah's auditorium doors will open 30 minutes before show time each night. Tickets available at the door or online at Ticket prices are $5 for students/seniors, $10 for adults, $25 for families (up to four members); children under 5 are free.


Friday, January 25:   PTO Movie Night, Pierce Park Elementary School, 5015 N. Pierce Park Ln., 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, January 29: Fourth Annual Rigs & Gigs, Dehryl A. Dennis Professional-Technical Education Center, 8201 W. Victory Rd. This day-long event will allow area ninth-grade students to experience occupational hands-on activities including Culinary Arts, Electronics, HD Diesel - Heavy Equipment Operation, Machining, Networking, Pre-Engineering, Sports Medicine and more.    Call the Center at 854-5810 for more information.   


Thursday, January 31: Open House, Dehryl A. Dennis Professional-Technical Center, 8201 W. Victory Rd., 6:30-8 p.m. Come visit the Dennis Center and technical class options such as Automotive Technology, Collision Repair, Graphic Design/Digital Imaging, Construction, Welding, Zoology, Health Technology and more. Open to the public.    Call the Center at 854-5810 for more information. 


Friday, February 1:   The All-City Honor Choir will perform the National Anthem at the Idaho Stampede basketball game at Century Link Arena, downtown Boise, 7 p.m.


Winners of Poster Contest Announced:   In December, URS sponsored the Safety on the Job poster contest. A total of 403 posters were submitted by Boise School District students. Judging of the posters took place on Monday, December 17. Some of both the winning and non-winning posters will be used for the URS 2013 Safe-T Calendar. The following are winners from BSD:


Ages 5-6: First place - Brodie Edwards; second place - Logan Pickett; third place - Zachary Munson, all Amity Elementary School students.


Ages 7-8: First place - Ellie Schubert; second place - Ben Magar; third place - Mason Geiger, all Hidden Springs Elementary School students.


Ages 9-10: First place - Jeffrey Wright, Lowell Elementary School; second place - Jack Martin, Pierce Park Elementary School; third place - Allison Gabelman, Roosevelt Elementary School.


Ages 11-12: First place - Ryan Jones, East Jr. High School; second place - Nick Gabelman, Roosevelt Elementary School; third place - McKay Fife, West Jr. High School.


Ages 13-14: First place - Emily Bekker, East Jr. High School; second place - Megan Kent, West Jr. High; third place - Devrey Gallegos, West Jr. High School.


Timberline High Student Recognized:   Timberline High School student Sarah Kelly was recently recognized at the 22nd Annual Women of Today and Tomorrow luncheon. Kelly was acknowledged for her leadership efforts. Click here to learn more. 


North Jr. High Principal Receives Award:   North Jr. High School Principal Dr. Teri Thaemert has been selected as one of the 2012 Idaho Business Review's 50 Women of the Year. This award recognizes Idaho's most successful women from public, private, and charitable business sectors. Click here to learn more. 


Trail Wind Elementary Principal Invited to Washington, D.C.:   The Council for Opportunity in Education has requested that Trail Wind Elementary School Principal Deborah Watts attend and speak at a Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. regarding the impact and success of TRIO, a federal program aimed at helping low-income students to become the first in their families to earn college degrees.  On February 4 and 5 Watts will be in Washington, D.C. to attend a Congressional briefing entitled TRIO:  A Model of College Access and Success and will also be meeting with members of the Idaho Congressional Delegation. Watts' trip is funded by the Council for Opportunity in Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the expansion of college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities throughout the United States. Watts will join current students, alumni, and other supporters about this critical program.


TRIO is a set of seven federally-funded educational opportunity outreach programs that help low-income, first-generation students to pursue of higher education. Currently serving nearly 788,000 students across America, TRIO provides academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention. TRIO programs serve students from middle school and high school to college and postgraduate study. TRIO also provides services to adult learners and military veterans.


Boise High Graduate Earns Honor:   Former Boise High School student Hyonjee Joo, who graduated in the spring of 2012, performed so well on Advanced Placement Exams that she won a State AP Scholar Award. Joo is among 108 students across the country to receive this extraordinary honor.


Each year, the College Board honors one male student and one female student in each state and the District of the Columbia who have earned the most scores of 3 or higher and hold the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken.


Boise High Graduate Earns Perfect AP Exam Score:   Former Boise High School student Sam Faucher, who graduated in the spring of 2012, is one of only 12 students in the world to earn a perfect score on the Advanced Placement Microeconomics Exam.  Faucher took the AP exam last May and earned 90 out of 90 points. A total of 62,351 students worldwide took the AP Microeconomics Exam in the spring of 2012.


Morley Nelson Community Center Receives Grant:   The Morley Nelson Community Center received a $500 grant from the Boise Southwest Rotary Club for the purchase of literacy materials and a rolling book rack for use by kids in grades 1-6. The community center is operated by Boise Parks & Recreation. Staff members provide supervised homework assistance, games, mentoring, and oversight of the school's community garden.  For information, contact site coordinator Roseanne Daily, [email protected] or 854-4917.


Operation Wish Book Campaign Results:   Operation Wish Book locations collected over 6,000 books during the 2012 campaign. Over 55 people volunteered their time at various stages of the book collection and distribution process. Most of the volunteers were either current Boise School District employees or BSD retirees. South Junior High School won the secondary Operation Wish Book traveling trophy for collecting 779 books. Riverside Elementary School won the elementary traveling trophy for collecting 205 books. Operation Wish Book is a nonprofit organization that has been operating in the Boise Valley for 20 years. Founded by retired teachers, Operation Wish Book places new books in the hands of children who do not own books. The campaign runs through the fall and books are distributed through the Salvation Army.


Grace Jordan Students Participate in December Activities:   On Wednesday, December 12, a group of 5th grade students held a bake sale to raise funds for a local charity.  They collected $179 and donated the proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House.  The students involved were Emma Imel, Evelyn Garcia, Olivia Buchanon, Olivia Greeley, Dakota Coleman, Serenity Dunbar, and Adrien Bassett.

In December, several Grace Jordan students donated their time during lunch recess to make fleece lap quilts for seniors at the Life Care Center.  On Wednesday, December 19, they delivered 27 blankets to the nursing home.

On Saturday, December 15, 21 Grace Jordan students and parents from Mrs. Nancy Smith's class volunteered to sort food at the Idaho Food Bank.

On Saturday, December 22, the Girls with Grace and Jaguar Joggers running clubs participated in the YMCA Christmas Fun Run.  This was the third year the clubs took part with a total of 72 students, staff, and parents in the 2.5 mile run. In addition, Girls with Grace picked up trash around the campus prior to the race. They filled 4 garbage bags in 30 minutes!


Cynthia Mann Students Donate to Hurricane Victims:   Cynthia Mann Elementary School students raised $135 and knitted/loomed over 45 scarves and hats that were donated to survivors of Hurricane Sandy.


Owyhee-Harbor Raises Funds:   Before Christmas, volunteers from Owyhee-Harbor Elementary School held a fundraiser, wrapping Christmas gifts at the Boise Towne Square Mall. The fundraiser brought in $1,945 for the school.


Whitney PTO to Host Art/Craft Supply Giveaway for Teachers:

   Whitney Elementary School is currently accepting donations of art and craft supplies that will be given to their teachers on Wednesday, January 30. The school is asking anyone who has leftover yarn, fabric, scrapbooking paper, paint, stickers, or any other art or craft items to consider donating them to the school by Tuesday, January 29. This will help Whitney teachers create fun projects for students for the remainder of the school year. Call the school at 854-6580 for more information.  




Media Contact:


Dan Hollar

Public Affairs Administrator

Boise School District  

(208) 854-4064

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