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News Release
For Immediate Release
What's Happening in Boise School District  
Monday, February 10:  Boise School Board meeting, District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Road, Boise, 6:00 p.m.  Some of the agenda items include presentation of Red Apple Award to Wendy Hartman, Orchestra Director/Instructor, Boise High School; presentation of Golden Apple Award to Colleen Carrier, Administrative Assistant, District Services Center; Boundary/Process Update; Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) Report; and PSAT Cut Scores for Class of 2016. Public is invited to attend. Click here to review complete agenda. 
District Students Named U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates:  A total of twelve Boise School District high school seniors have been selected as U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Boise District students selected as U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates are as follows:
Holly L. Apsley  
Boise High School
Matthew C. Clark  
Boise High School
 Peter T. Donovan   Capital High School
Peter  D. Huang  Capital High School
Dillon C. Knox Capital High School
Lynn  H. Myers  Timberline High School
Patrick O'Neil 
Boise High School
Yoon Ji Ra 
Boise High School
Everett C. Smith  Boise High School
Hans J. Theiler 
 Boise High School
Rebecca M. Whitney  Boise High School
 John K. Van De Graaff 
Capital High School
Pet Therapy Dogs Help Students Survive Finals:  Semester exams can be stressful, but studies show that spending just a few minutes with a dog or cat can reduce anxiety and improve focus. Recently, more than two hundred Timberline High School students crowded into the school's library on January 15th and 17th to take advantage of the opportunity for some pet therapy during midterm exams. Senior student Kim Diep (pictured right) recruited therapy dogs that she worked with in her volunteer position at St. Lukes, and she approached Librarian Erin Downey with her idea to bring the animals in during testing. The two-day event was so successful, the Timberline Library will host another series of pet therapy days during final exams in June. Click here to view photos of the event.  
In Their Own Words:  Boise School District Students and Teachers Praise AVID
Students and Teachers Praise AVID:  Boise School District is committe to preparing students for college, career and citizenship. To that end, the District offers AVID - Advanced Via Individual Determination - a college and career preparedness program where secondary students become the facilitator of their own academic success.  In short, AVID inspires, encourages and prepares students to succeed in college and beyond! The program is offered at all secondary schools and pieces of the AVID curriculum are taught District-wide beginning in elementary school. Click on the adjacent image to watch a brief video of AVID students and teachers praising the AVID program for preparing students for post-secondary success. To learn more about AVID click here
District Students Compete in Future City Competition:  Students from South and East junior high schools recently competed in the The Future City Competition - a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Click here to learn more about how these students learned "real-world skills" in this unique competition.  
Boise High Teacher Named Regional Science Teacher of the Year:  Congratulations to Ali Ward, Boise High Science Teacher, for being selected as the Idaho Science Teacher Association's regional Science Teacher of the Year.  

Elementary Counselor Receives State Counseling Award:  Chris Hall, Counselor, Hidden Springs Elementary School received the Elementary School Counselor of the Year Award from the Idaho Counselors Association annual conference held in Boise on Saturday, February 1, 2014.
Whitney Social Worker Honored: Becky Woodland, social worker, Whitney Elementary School, was nominated by some of her colleagues for the Farmers Insurance Hometown Hero Award and she won! Farmers Insurance recognizes those people who go over and beyond, and Becky does this for Whitney, Hillcrest and Borah High families. Becky was recently honored at a Boise State Men's basketball game in January (see photo). She received a certificate and a $1,000.00 donation was made to Becky's charity of choice - the Boise Public Schools Education Safe Fund.
The Week Ahead with Community Ed:  Community Education's popular Winter session is in full swing with a variety of personal enrichment classes from which to choose. To learn more click here or on the adjacent catalog image.  Click here for a review of classes starting next week - February 10th.  

During this Valentine's season, contributing to your teacher's classroom is a wonderful way of supporting our teachers who give so much to our children. Donating to a teacher's classroom through the Boise Public Schools Foundation is an easy and meaningful way to say thank you to teachers for what they give to our students every day and allows them to:

  • purchase needed software, art materials, or a set of books for their library

  • replace classroom supplies without using their own money

  • take a field trip for hands on learning

  • fill other classroom needs on your teacher's wish list

When you make a tax deductible Go! donation, 100% of funds go to educators immediately.

Thank you for your support of the teachers and students of the Boise School District.

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.

Digital Learning Tip #9 -  The 2014 Winter Olympics are about to begin! Families can use this as an opportunity to practice positive digital citizenship together, as they navigate through the many online resources. Check out the 2014 Olympics Guide for Families, hosted by Common Sense Media. In this guide, you will find links to the Official Facebook Pages, Websites, Twitter Handles, Apps, and Videos for your family to explore. You can take time to set up family guidelines for use and practice of social media, while getting the updated facts about favorite athletes and events! Take a look at the following Common Sense Media post, What Kids Will Remember Forever from Watching the Olympics With You!   

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 or on the adjacent image to view a brief video explaining our procedures. 

Sign-Up for Emergency Text Messaging:  The Boise School District offers emergency text messaging. Learn more and sign up by clicking here 


News Media Contact:


Dan Hollar

Public Affairs Administrator

Boise School District  

(208) 854-4064

[email protected]    


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