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What's Happening in Boise School District  
Monday, February 17:  President's Day - No school for Boise School District students.
Friday, February 21:  Boise High presents Brave Jazz Night at the Mardi Gras Dance Hall, 615 S. 9th St., Boise, beginning at 7 p.m.  Featured performers will be the Boise High Symphonic Band along with selected performers from the band, the North Junior Jazz Bands, the Boise High Jazz Band, and the Kings of Swing, the northwest's premier dance and swing band.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Performers and children under 3 are free.  Tickets can be purchased from band members. Click here to learn more, including how to donate items for a silent auction to benefit the band.  
Friday, February 21:  The 3rd Annual Capital High School Benefit Concert featuring Curtis Stigers will be held on Friday February 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Capital High School Auditorium, 8055 W. Goddard Road. It will be a night full of great music and fun for everyone in your family. Curtis Stigers is Idaho's own Emmy-nominated singer, songwriter, saxophonist, guitarist, and Capital High School graduate. Stigers is a platinum-selling recording artist and the co-writer and singer of FX TV's "Sons of Anarchy" theme song. The night will also feature both Capital Singers and the CHS Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $15 pre-sale, and $20 if purchased at the door. For more information and to buy tickets call Benji Simmonds, Capital High Music Department Chair, at 854-4575. 
Friday, February 21:  South Junior High will be celebrating the school's diversity with the 2nd Annual International Festival from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the school, 3101 Cassia St.  Learn about the more than twenty different languages and cultures of the students of South Junior High.  All are free to attend and the festivities include cultural food, information and dance.  There will be performances, raffle items, an indoor soccer tournament, puppet shows, music, dancing, food for purchase, an art show and much more! 
Treasure Valley Math & Science Center's middle school Science Bowl team. From left: coach Craig Daniels, Colton Rothwell, Jayanth Mouli, Sabrina Zerrade, Lee Bousfield and Shivank Mistry.
TVMSC Students Headed to National Competition:  A team of five Treasure Valley Math and Science Center (TVMSC) students will travel to Washington, D.C. April 24-28 to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy's 2014 National Science Bowl
after winning their regional tournament this past weekend. The students answered
complicated science questions in seconds, often requiring a strong dose of math, said Dr. Holly MacLean, TVMSC Principal. The students competed against seven other Treasure Valley schools. The nation's top 16 high school teams and the top eight middle school teams in the finals will win $1,000 for their schools' science departments in the contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
TVMSC Orientation Night and Student Applicant Screening Day for Prospective  Applicants:  There will now be only two TVMSC Student Selection Screening Days each spring semester (February 22nd and April 12th). The Student Screening Days will be preceded by two Orientation Nights that will be held on the Thursday nights prior to each screening day (February 20th and April 10th from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.).  The purpose of the Orientation Nights is to provide an overview of the TVMSC program, tour of the classrooms, opportunities to speak to current TVMSC students and their parents, and opportunities to visit with TVMSC staff. No further Student Screening Days will be offered unless all available spaces are not filled by the April test date. Both the Orientation Nights and the Student Applicant Screenings will be held at Riverglen Jr. High/TVMSC at 6801 N. Gary Lane in the cafeteria. For more information on the application and screening process, please visit the TVMSC website here.


Boise School District Announces 7-Period Day for High Schools: The Boise School District has always prided itself on offering a comprehensive education system at our high schools. In order to maintain this, we have decided to move all four of our traditional high schools to a 7 period day effective for the 2014 - 2015 school year. This change increases credit opportunities from 50 to 56 in grades 9 - 12 and gives students the opportunity to take additional electives, more time for academic support and increased flexibility to meet graduation requirements within the existing school day.


This decision involved a District-wide committee composed of core teachers, elective teachers, Advanced Placement teachers, Principals, Area Directors, parents, and representatives from the Boise Education Association, our Professional-Technical program and the Transportation Department. Also, individual high schools will be able to choose from either a regular or block 7-period schedule that best fits the needs of their students, parents and staff. High School Counselors will be discussing the transition with students and parents during the registration process in February. If you have questions, please contact your child's counselor. 


Kindergarten Registration/Open House:  Boise School District will hold its annual Kindergarten Registration/Open House for incoming students on Thursday, March 13th. Click here to learn more.   


The Week Ahead with Community Ed:  Community Education's popular Winter session continues 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.  
Teach a Community Ed Class:  Have a passion, skill or knowledge to share with others? Consider teaching a Community Education class. For more than 40 years, we've served as Boise's first choice for life long learning. From business and finance, gardening, cooking, travel, spring cleaning, health and fitness, to fly fishing and photography and everything else in between, our volunteer instructors teach a wide variety of classes. Won't you join our team?  We are currently recruiting instructors for our spring session, which runs April 28 through May 22.  Click here to learn more.  
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.

Sochi Preview - Feb. 13 - Men's Ski Slopestyle | Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Digital Learning Tip #10 -    As the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics continue, we can look for "Teachable Moments," while watching events with our children. Common Sense Media has shared the following six ideas that will help guide memorable family discussions. Click adjacent image to watch Sochi Preview - Feb. 13 - Men's Ski Slopestyle.
1. Talk about inspiration
Ask:  What is something that you are willing to work hard for?
2. Explore backstories
Ask:  If you were highlighted at the Olympics, what would your backstory be? 
3. Discuss teamwork 
Ask:  What makes a good teammate? 
4. Comment on competition
Ask:  What is healthy competition?
5. Go global
Ask: What did you learn about another country or culture that you didn't know before?
6. Point out advertising
Ask: How many advertisements can you spot during an event, and what are they selling?




Sign-Up for Emergency Text Messaging:  The Boise School District offers emergency text messaging for parents/guardians. 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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