What's Happening in Boise School District
Friday, January 10: The Boise High Girls Basketball Program is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Pink Zone Game, which is a special event to raise funds and awareness for the local chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The event takes place at 4:30 p.m. at Boise High's home contest versus the Borah Lions. In addition to a festive gym decked out in pink, the Lady Braves are committed to raising funds for this worthy cause and have been selling raffle tickets for a variety of great prizes including a round-trip airline ticket anywhere Southwest Airlines flies. Last year, in the 5th annual event, Boise High raised $1,433 and this year the goal is to raise even more funds. Contact Kim Brydges at 859-0688 for more information.
Monday, January 13: Boise School Board meeting, 6 p.m., District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise. Public is invited to attend. Some of the agenda items include presentation of Red Apple Award to Emily Morgan, English Teacher, Fairmont Jr. High; presentation of Golden Apple Award to Susan Dennis, English Language Learner Academic Interventionist; Public School Funding Report; Common Core Standards/Implementation and 2014 Graduation Dates. Click here to review the complete meeting agenda. Public is invited to attend.
Wednesday, January 15, Thursday, January 16, Friday, January 17: Secondary end of semester testing. Early release for students in grades 7-12. Click here for early release times.
Friday, January 17: End of first semester. Early release for students in grades K-6. Click here for early release times.
Register Now for Winter Community Education Classes: It's time to shed the winter blues by getting back in shape, learning something new or meeting new people, all with Boise's first choice for lifelong learning - Community Education. This winter we offer your choice of nearly 300 personal enrichment classes. Winter session runs January 27 through March 20. Register up to the day a class begins, but hurry, classes fill quickly. Go to www.boiselearns.org to review classes and register or click on the adjacent image to review our class catalog. Lifelong learning has never been so easy, so affordable and so rewarding!
Digital Learning Tip #6 - Evaluating Websites: The Internet is filled with answers to our questions! Some of these answers come from reliable, evidence-backed research and some are just myths. How do we help our children find websites that are trustworthy? Encourage your child to do a some detective work with you and ask the following questions, shared with us from www.commonsensemedia.org:
Who is the author of the website? Look to see if the site is credible by looking at their title, expertise and background.
What is the source of the information? Do you recognize any connection to a well-known organization or news source?
How does this information compare to other information? It is important to seek out answers from a variety of sites, so that you can do a compare/contrast of the information.
When was this information last updated?
Are advertisers trying to target you on this website? Children might need help to look for ways that advertisers are trying to persuade them. Help your children interpret what the ads are saying.
For more information about finding reliable websites for research and discovery, check out the Family Tip Sheet - Research and Evaluation.
Here's a link that will take you to a list of websites for children that Common Sense Media has evaluated and ranked: Kids' Websites Reviews
White Pine Students Support Fundraiser for Pediatric Cancer Research: White Pine Elementary students completed a coin box fund raiser for pediatric cancer research and raised over $2500 in a week! An amazing outpouring of pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and more showed that every little coin matters when it's put together with other coins. Ben Towne Foundation announced "December Angel Donors" willing to match any December donation up to $150,000. So the White Pine coins actually gave more than $5,000 for cutting-edge cancer research.
Borah Choir To Perform at Carnegie Hall: Thanks to the outpouring of community support, Borah High's Tactus Mens' Choir is headed to New York City on Thursday, Jan. 16th to perform at Carnegie Hall. For the last few months, the choir has been raising funds from the community to help pay for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. A total of $62,000 has been raised from the community to offset the costs of the trip. The Choir will be performing at Carnegie Hall at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 19th. A special thank you is extended to everyone who donated to make this trip possible. You can follow the choir's performance online by clicking here or here.
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Boise School District