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

Friday, August 23: Micron Math Night at the Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle, Boise.This Friday is the last Micron Math Night! Admission is FREE for the entire family. Invite your friends and stop in for back to school fun from 4:30-7:30 p.m.! Micron Math Nights are made possible by the Micron Foundation.


Tuesday, August 27:  First day of school for students in Boise School District. Early release for K-12 students. Check the District school calendar here for early release times.   


Thursday, August 29:  Whitney Elementary School and the adjacent Whitney Community Center have collaborated and partnered to support the school's neighborhood in a big way on Thursday, August 29th. Open House at the school will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Teachers will present three different sessions (4:30, 5:00 or 5:30) for parents to learn about their child's classroom and the new Common Core State Standards. 

The Community Center Neighborhood Block Party will run from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Barb English, Whitney Center Director, has planned a great evening, including a free barbecue provided by two area churches, games (volleyball + Mobile Rec activities) and music (a DJ with dancing on the basketball courts, plus a teen band (tentative).  Area business/vendors have been invited to participate.  The Community Garden will be celebrated, as well.

Looking for School Supply Lists?: Click here to review the District's School Supply Lists to help you with all your back to school needs.   

Back to School Tips:
  The following are some tips for students and parents/guardians on how to make that first day back, and the rest of the school year, a successful one: 

Preparing for First Day of School

  • Get a good night sleep
  • Eat a well balanced breakfast
  • Bring school supplies to class
  • Arrive at school bus stop 5 to 10 minutes early
  • Reduce any stress by having a fun family day the day before school begins 
  • Set academic goals for your child
  • Make reading a prized family activity
  • Read to/with your child
  • Establish regular bed times for school nights
  • Have high expectations and value learning
  • Strive for perfect attendance
  • Get involved in your school
  • Stay in touch with your student's teachers
  • Help your child understand that school is his/her "work"
  • Talk to your child about his/her grades
  • Take time out for family this school year
  • Scale back TV and video game time


Parents/guardians should talk to their child about the start of a new school year. Set goals with your child.  Students who do best in school have both long and short-term goals.  Talk about school each day with your child. When your child knows that you think school is important, he or she will take it more seriously.  Accept the importance of hard work.  Help your child learn that hard work can lead to mastery of even the most difficult material.  Set aside time for homework each day. In addition, parents/guardians should accept the responsibility of being a role model for their child.  Live the District's values of respect, dignity, honesty, responsibility, and teamwork.  For more parenting tips go to the District's website and click on the links under Student and Parent Services. 


Driver Alert - Slow Down for Students:   The first day of school in the Boise School District should serve as a reminder to all drivers to slow down for students.  More than 25,500 students are enrolled in the Boise School District.  On the first day of school, drivers need to be on the lookout for students walking to school, waiting at bus stops, or riding their bikes.  If you're driving, expect a slightly longer commute time. Also, be aware police officers will be enforcing school zones and crosswalk laws. The speed limit in a school zone is 20 mph and the Boise School District urges motorists to pay attention to this speed limit when driving near schools, or students.


Timberline High School Student Named Seven's Hero: Clay Kenyon is this week's Seven's Hero, after rescuing a woman who fell into an irrigation canal.  The Timberline senior and member of the school's swim team, is being hailed as a hero after recently pulling the woman from the New York Canal.  Click on the adjacent photo to view the video about Clay's heroic act.   



News Media Contact:


Dan Hollar

Public Affairs Administrator

Boise School District  

(208) 854-4064

[email protected]    


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