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What's Happening in Boise School District   
Friday, December 6:  Handmade ornaments from Fairmont Junior High School art students will be featured among ornaments from all 56 U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia that will be displayed at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony to be held in Washington, D.C. on Friday, December 6, 2013. Learn more here.  
Monday, December 9:  Boise School District Board regular meeting, 6:00 p.m., District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Road, Boise.  Public is invited to attend.  Some of the agenda items include presentation of Red Apple Award to Gina Spengler, Music Teacher, Shadow Hills Elementary School; presentation of Golden Apple Award to Pamela Joyce, Health Technician, Riverside, Liberty and Hawthorne elementary schools; presentation of Fairmont Junior High School AVID National Demonstration School Award; Public School Funding Report from Mike FergusonDirector, Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy;  Strategic Plan 2020 Process Overview, and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium  (SBAC) Testing Sample Items; Franklin Property Sale; and Cole Property Sale. Review complete agenda here. 

Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14:: 41st Annual Boise High Madrigal dinner, 6:00 p.m, students/seniors- $15.00, adults - $20.00. Contact the Boise High ASB Office at 854-4291 for reservations.     


Boise High School Student Earns One of 33 Perfect AP Scores in the World:   Boise High School 2013 graduate Max Mulcahy is one of only 33 students in the world to earn every point possible on the Advanced Placement Microeconmics Exam.  Maxwell received the top score of 5. Only 14.3% of the 3,938,100 exams taken in 2013 earned this topic score. Learn more here.  





Boise High School Art Students Selected:  Boise High art students Scout Leary and Candra Church were recently approached about helping to create a logo (pictured) for a new project by the State Department of Education and SPAN (Suicide Prevention Action Network) Idaho. This project is a federally funded grant that will address suicide prevention and healthy environments in our schools. Learn more about the project here.  



Capital High School Student Earns Scholarship to Yale:

Capital High School senior Peter Huang has been selected as a Questbridge College Match Finalist.  QuestBridge is a non-profit program that has partnerships with 35 partner colleges, all of which are committed to meeting 100% of a student's demonstrated financial need. QuestBridge is in its tenth year of connecting high-achieving, low income high school students with full scholarships at selective colleges and universities. In 2013, 4,773 students were named College Match Finalists out of 12,818 applicants. Peter plans to attend Yale University on a full-ride scholarship. 
Digital Life Student Intro Video - Digital Life 101
Digital Learning Tip #3: How are you participating in our connected culture? Video chats, social media tools,
 Emails, and Internet searches have become a common practice in many households. People of all ages are using these communication and information resources on a daily basis. Having 24/7 access through mobile devices has increased how often we digitally participa
te, along with offering the opportunity to participate in a global community. Common Sense Media shares some valuable tips on safety and balance that can guide us in our Digital Life. Consider taking some time to look over the Digital Life Family Tip Sheets for ElementaryJunior High, and High School students this week.
Educators and Parents Invited to School Garden Workshop:  Are you interested in starting a garden program at your school? Already have a garden, but want to find the resources to help it grow? Teachers, parents and school administrators are invited to attend "Just Add Water," a school garden workshop, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Library! At Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road. Learn more here.   
Open Gyms at Area Schools:  A number of school gymnasiums are open for weekend supervised use by elementary and junior high school students in partnership with the Boise Parks and Recreation Department. For more information click here.  
Students Compete in Annual Potato Sack Race:  More than 150 students from Koelsch Elementary, grades 3-5, recently participated in the third annual Simplot Potato Sack Race for a chance to qualify for the finals held on the blue turf during the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Thank you Simplot, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation and everyone at Koelsch for once again making this an outstanding event.   

Winter Weather Procedures:   When winter weather strikes, the Boise School District has a plan to keep students safe. Our winter weather procedures begin the night before a storm hits and we consult with a variety of organizations in determining how winter weather impacts our school operations. You can do your part by making sure you are prepared for inclement weather. Learn more by clicking  here.


Sign-Up Today for Emergency Text Messaging Service: The Boise School District is pleased to announce the launch of a new service that will allow us to deliver important safety and security information to parents via text messaging. To sign-up simply text SUBSCRIBE to the number 68453. To learn more click here.   

Donate to Help Borah Choir Perform at Carnegie Hall: Borah High School men's choir, Tactus, has been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall, in New York City on January 19, 2014, one of only three such choirs in the U.S. to be invited this year and one of the highest honors in music. The group needs to earn approximately $65,000 to be able to participate. To learn more and donate click here.


Give the Gift of Life-Long Learning:  Give the gift of life long learning this holiday season with a gift certificate from Boise's Community Education program. Call our office at 854-4047 for more information.  For 40+ years, Community Education has served as Boise's first choice for life-long learning opportunities. Registration for our Winter session begins January 10th.  Learn more at



Looking for the Perfect Holiday Gift for your Child's Teacher? Donating to a teacher's

classroom through the Boise Public School Education Foundation is an easy and meaningful way to say thank you to teachers for all they give to our students every day and allows them to:

  • Purchase needed technology or books for their library
  • Replace classroom supplies without using their own money
  • Take a field trip for hands on learning 

During this holiday season, contributing to your teacher's classroom is a wonderful way of giving back to our teachers who give so much to our children. Teacher's receive 100% of your donation and can access funds immediately to purchase educational materials for their classroom You can make your donation go even further if you or your spouse work for a matching company


Now Hiring Food & Nutrition Services Staff & Substitute Staff:  Click here to learn more about applying for short hour and substitute positions currently available for the Food & Nutrition Services Department.


Now Hiring Substitute Staff  Members: Click here to learn more about applying to serve as a substitute in the Boise School District. 

News Media Contact:


Dan Hollar

Public Affairs Administrator

Boise School District  

(208) 854-4064

[email protected]    


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