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What's Happening in Boise School District  
Monday, January 20:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No school for students in Boise School District. 
Monday, January 20:  5th grade students from Garfield Elementary School will be going to BSU, making signs, marching to the Capitol Building and performing for the Boise community as part of the Human Rights Day celebration. Students will share songs from Africa, a medley of African American Spirituals and end with a song about freedom. The public is invited to the musical performance at approximately 11:45 a.m.  
Tuesday, January 28:  Ninth grade students from all Boise junior high schools are invited to attend the annual Rigs and Gigs Event at the Dennis Technical Education Center, 8201 W. Victory Rd., from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., showcasing professional-technical programs offered at the high school level. Students will participate in hands-on activities in 19 different program areas. Students will be bused from their junior high school to the Dennis Technical Education Center. For more information: 854-5810.   
Thursday, January 30:  The Dennis Technical Education Center will hold an Open House where ninth, tenth and eleventh grade students are all invited to explore the Dennis Technical Education Center's class options for their upcoming school years. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., families are encouraged to attend and experience what DTEC has to offer; 8201 W. Victory Rd. Boise. Information for registration will be provided and instructors will be available to answer questions. For more information: 854-5810.


Friday, January 31:  The Boise High Chamber Orchestra will present its 15th annual Benefit Concert in the Boise High Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.  This year's concert will feature State Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb (voice) and Dr. Del Parkinson (piano), along with the Boise High Chamber Orchestra.   In addition to our incredible soloists, this will be the final Benefit Concert for Wendy Hartman, Director of the Boise High School Orchestra, as she will be retiring at the end of the school year. From Mozart to Gershwin, the concert will offer a little something for everyone. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, teachers and senior citizens.  Tickets may be purchased in advance through the Boise High Orchestra website  or by phoning 208-854-4318. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Help Boise Public Schools Education Foundation Earn Donations by Shopping with Your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!  Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington - including the BPSEF.  Sign-up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation at You can search for us by their name or by their non-profit number 88719.
Enroll Now in Winter Community Education Classes:  This winter Community Education offers your choice of nearly 300 personal enrichment classes. Register today!. Go to 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!  
Cell Phone Drive:  Fairmont Junior High School is sponsoring a cell phone drive. Inactive cell phones are being collected (no accessories, chargers, etc.)  Drop off your cell at the school, 2121 N. Cole Road, Boise.  Contact Kathy Harris at 854-4822 for more information. 
Digital Learning Tip #7 -  Online Security - Be Cybersmart!

Disney Channel's Phineas and Ferb share four great reminders about staying being Cybersmart:

1. Be careful what you upload

2. Protect your reputation

3. Be nice to one another

4. Take a break from the Internet, and go outside. 


Take a look at Common Sense Media's Online Security Family Tip Sheets for Elementary, Junior High, and High School students. You will notice information on how to create and management safe online passwords. In addition, you can learn about how to avoid advertising scams, spyware, and computer viruses. 

Gina Bush

2013 Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching Presented to Boise District Teachers: Gina Bush, Maple Gove Elementary School and Jean Mortin, Grace Jordan Elmentary School, were each recently selected to receive the 2013 Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching. In nominating Bush, Kayla Berlinguet wrote, "All activities were fun and exciting. For the first time, and one of the few times in my schooling, I couldn't wait for the weekends to end or for recess to get over because I knew whatever we were about to do in Mrs. Bush's class was going to be more engaging." 




Jean Mortin


In nominating Mortin, Macy Hettich said, "Going the extra mile is a common practice in Jean Mortin's classroom...She is incredible at what she does and loves every minute of it...I have never known somebody so grateful for such a challenging career."


The Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching recognizes kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers in Idaho who make a major difference in the lives of their students through their passion and caring. Each of the four teachers selected for the awards receive $2,000 and their schools receive $500 each.

Posthumous Award went to Marian Pritchett, Marian Pritchett School, Boise School District. The nomination for Pritchett, who died in 2002, said, "She always told her students that no matter what, we could do anything as long as we had the desire and drive to do it... She taught me what it means to be a teacher and I have wanted to become one ever since."


Timberline High Music Students Recognized:The Timberline High School Jazz Band was selected by audition process to perform at the 2014 Idaho All-State Music Educators Conference as a guest performing ensemble.


In addition, ten Timberline music students were chosen by audition (statewide) for the 2014 Idaho All State Honor Groups:


Darlene Focht, senior - Bassoon in All-State Band

Jerica Schlachter, senior - Flute in All-State Band

Grace Lytle, senior - Trumpet in All-State Band

TJ Schrock, senior - Tuba in All-State Orchestra

Michael Bradford, senior - Euphonium in All-State Orchestra

Daniel Huang, violin - All State Orchestra

Hanul Cho, violin - All State Orchestra

Charles Kramer, viola - All State Orchestra

Brooke Mikelson, viola - All State Orchestra

Ahmi Lim, cello - All State Orchestra


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.  


News Media Contact:


Dan Hollar

Public Affairs Administrator

Boise School District  

(208) 854-4064

[email protected]    


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