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:


Friday, February 8: Bingo Night, Garfield Elementary School, 1914 S. Broadway Ave., 6-8 p.m.


Monday, February 11:  PTO meeting, Owyhee-Harbor Elementary School, 3434 W. Pasadena Dr., 3:30 p.m.


Monday, February 11: PTO meeting, Whitney Elementary School, 1609 S. Owyhee St., 3:45-4:30 p.m.


Monday, February 11:   Boise School Board meeting, 6 p.m., District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd. Agenda items include Selection of Trustee to Fill Vacant Seat, Enrollment Report, Personnel Report. Public is invited to attend.


Tuesday, February 12: PTO meeting, Collister Elementary School, 4426 W. Catalpa Dr., 3:30-4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, February 12:   PTA meeting, Maple Grove Elementary School, 2800 S. Maple Grove Rd., 3:30-4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, February 12:   PTA meeting, Washington Elementary School, 1607 N. 15th St., 3:30-4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, February 12:  PTO meeting, Hawthorne Elementary School, 2401 W. Targee St., 6-7 p.m.


Tuesday, February 12:  PTA meeting, Jefferson Elementary School, 200 S. Latah St., 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Tuesday, February 12: PTO meeting, Monroe Elementary School, 3615 W. Cassia St., 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 14: Borah Variety Show, Borah High School auditorium, 6001 W. Cassia St., 7 p.m. both nights. Showcasing members of the top varsity men's and women's choirs singing, dancing, and acting. Tickets are $3 for students, $5 for adults, and $15 for a family of 5 or fewer.


Wednesday, February 13:  PTO meeting, Valley View Elementary School, 3555 N. Milwaukee St., 7-8 p.m.


Thursday, February 14:   PTO meeting, Longfellow Elementary School, 1511 N. 9th St., 3:30-4:30 p.m.


Thursday, February 14:  PTO meeting, Hillcrest Elementary School, 2045 S. Pond St., 4-5 p.m.


Thursday, February 14:  PTA meeting, Lowell Elementary School, 1507 N. 28th St., 4 p.m.


Thursday, February 21:  Borah Fun Night Out Bowling and Spaghetti Feed, Big Al's, 1900 N. Eagle Rd., Meridian, 6-9 p.m.. Tickets $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door. Includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti buffet and unlimited cosmic bowling; shuffleboard, darts, golf, and arcade available for an additional cost. Contact Gina McMullen, 830-3948 or Barbi Madrid, 954-7366 to RSVP by Tuesday, February 12. All proceeds support Borah's senior grad-night party.


Thursday, February 21-Saturday, February 23:  15th Annual "Those Were the Days" Dinner Theatre, Timberline High School, 701 E. Boise Ave. Timberline High School choirs will present "Crazy for You," the new Gershwin Musical. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 21 for the show and cookies. Tickets for Thursday's performance are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23 for the show and dinner. Tickets for Friday's and Saturday's performances are $25 for adults, $15 for students. More information can be found on Timberline's website by clicking here.  Sponsored by Modern Dental.       


Friday, February 22: Capital High School Music Department presents the Second Annual Jazz Benefit Concert featuring Curtis Stigers, the Capital High School Jazz Ensemble, and Capital Singers, Capital High School auditorium, 8055 W. Goddard Rd., 7 p.m. Tickets $15. For tickets and information contact Marty Worthington, 854-4592. Proceeds to benefit Capital High's Music Department.


Monroe Students Participate in FIRST LEGO League:  On Saturday, January 26, Monroe Elementary School's FIRST LEGO League robotics teams participated in the Idaho State FIRST LEGO League tournament, held in Twin Falls. Three teams qualified and competed at the state tournament. Those teams were the Flying Techno Piggies (Jake Buckingham, Chloe Coleman, Rhiannon Marquez, and Gannon Fogdall), the Flaming Skulls (Olivia Becker, Junior Lambert, Austin Baker, and Trevor Lewis), and the Sweet and Sours (Soli Harris, Ian Lambert, Max Buckingham, JD Mazzarelli, and Brayden DeLaune). All three teams placed in the top 25 out of 48 teams.


Borah High School Newspaper Wins Awards:  Borah High School newspaper staff recently attended the Idaho Student Newspaper Association high school journalism conference, held in Pocatello February 1 and 2. The Senator, Borah's print newspaper, won Best of Show at the conference.


In addition, Michelle Harmon was honored with the Adviser of the Year award, which included a gift and $100 for the newspaper.


Other awards included Savannah Harrelson, Superior, Newspaper Design; Alexia Neal, Superior, Review Writing; Tea Nelson, Superior, Sports Writing; Taylor Goodwin, Excellent, News Writing; Ari Anchustegui, Excellent, Editorial Writing; Amber Darrah, Honorable Mention, AP Style Copy Editing; August McKernan, Honorable Mention, Feature Writing. The following students received certificates for News Writing Proficiency: Ashlee Gillespie, Sage Rogers, Jon Ramsey, Joy Wilson, and Jake Fletcher.


Borah High School Teacher Honored:  Borah High School English Language Development Teacher  Molly O'Shea recently received the Refugee Champion Award. The Champion Award is given to a service professional or volunteer who has contributed significantly to the advancement of refugee resettlement and the betterment of refugees' lives in Idaho.  


O'Shea has been working with the refugee community for 35 years and counting. She has a deep passion and enthusiasm for meeting the needs of the refugee community in Boise. She has been an advocate for refugee students in a myriad of ways. In addition to working as an English Language Development teacher, O'Shea is a consulting teacher for Boise School District in the Bridge program, a program for newly arrived refugee/immigrant students at Borah High school. She also works with Boise State University as a mentor teacher for pre-service teachers, and BSU students who are completing their service learning hours. She is dedicated and invested in the lives of each and every one of her students. She collaborates with staff at Borah High school who teaches refugee students in general education courses on effective classroom strategies for newly arrived students. 


New Borah High School Head Tennis Coach Named: Boise School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Traci L. Binder as Head Tennis Coach at Borah High School. Binder is a graduate of Borah High School where she was a State Champion and All American in 1987. She played collegiate tennis for Cal State Los Angeles and completed at Nationals two consecutive years & was ranked #15 in the nation.  


In 1992, Binder transferred to Boise State University and played #1 singles for the Broncos her senior year. After graduating from BSU she continued to compete in tennis and lead her Idaho women's 5.0 team to a National Championship. At the same time, she became a teaching pro and became a USPTR (United States Professional Tennis Registry) certified instructor. With over 20 years of tennis teaching experience, Binder currently teaches at Plantation and Crane Creek Country Clubs in Boise.


Binder says she still enjoys competing in adult tennis leagues here in Boise and is a proud mom to Sydnie age 13, Cassidy age 10, and Tannor age 8, who all enjoy the game of tennis. She is looking forward to coaching at her alma mater - Borah High School.


Register Now for Winter Community Education:   From job-seeking skills to cooking and creative arts, there's a Community Education class for everyone! Choose from more than 300 courses. Learn a new language, new job-seeking skills, or how to play an instrument. Kick up your heels in a dance class, get into shape with one of our many fitness offerings, tap into your creative side by decorating a cake or creating a piece of jewelry, or uncover the secrets of good photography.


The winter session is being held now and runs through March 21, 2013. You can register online by clicking here.   Community Education classes are typically held Monday through Thursday evenings at Timberline High School and West and Hillside junior high schools, in addition to a number of offsite locations which are listed both online and in the catalog.


Interested in sharing a skill or passion? Community Education is always looking for volunteers to share their time and talents with others. Call 854-4047 or go to and click on the "Teach with us" link to be considered. For further information regarding Community Education, please call 854-4047 or e-mail [email protected]

Timberline High Student Receives National Recognition: Timberline High School student Carl Breidenbach was selected to receive a Distinguished Finalist award from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Breidenbach coordinated a restoration project that stabilized a popular recreational access point along the Boise River. Breidenbach wrote and received a $500 environmental grant, sought material and donations to complete the $2,000 project, recruited volunteers, and planted 100 native plants.


The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States' largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. All public and private middle level and high schools in the country, as well as all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs, and HandsOn Network affiliates, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Nearly 5,000 Local Honorees were then reviewed by an independent judging panel, which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists.


Dennis Technical Education Center Holds Blood Drive: On January 31, the Dehryl A. Dennis Professional Technical Education Center, partnered with Frank Church High School, held its first American Red Cross blood drive, sponsored by SkillsUSA. Grayson Wolf, a student at the Dennis Center and Timberline High School and president of the Dennis Center's 100% SkillsUSA chapter, coordinated and oversaw the event. In all, 55 units of blood were donated; 39 participants were first-time donors.


TVMSC Applicant Orientation Nights/Applicant Screening Dates:  The Treasure Valley Mathematics and Science Center (TVMSC) will hold two applicant orientation nights and three applicant screening dates.


The applicant orientation nights, where you can learn more about TVMSC as an educational option, will be held on Thursday, February 7 or Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the TVMSC, 6801 N. Gary Ln., Boise.


The applicant screening dates will be held at the TVMSC from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 9; Saturday, April 13; or Saturday, May 4, 2013.


For information about the admissions process, please visit the TVMSC web site by clicking here. On the Admission Process page, you will be able to access forms to begin the process. To reserve space at the applicant screening, please send copies of the Intent to Test and Recommendations forms, found on the TVMSC web site, to the office at the address above.


Apply for Liberty Montessori Program:  Applications for enrollment in the Liberty Elementary School Montessori Program are being accepted until February 15, 2013.  To learn more about the program click here. An application form can be found by clicking here.   


Common Core - True Reform in Your BSD: Common Core, a new set of college-ready standards for school curriculum is coming to the State of Idaho and your Boise School District.  Learn more by clicking here.    


News Media Contact:


Dan Hollar

Public Affairs Administrator

Boise School District  

(208) 854-4064

[email protected]    


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