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What's Happening in Boise School District  
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 a 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! 
Monday, February 24:  Boise School Board meeting, 6 p.m., Boise School District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise.  Public is invited to attend. Click here to review meeting agenda.    
Tuesday, March 4:  From 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Morley Nelson Elementary will host "Books for Breakfast" as part of   Read Across America Week.   Each Morley Nelson student who attends will receive a free book and participate in our ALL school read-in. Our mascot,  Morley The Raptor, will be on hand for pictures. Themes and decorations will happen all week long and include a "Book Character Costume" parade, decorated "Book Doors" and "WaCkY WeDnEsDaY".
Boise High Girls Basketball Team Earns State Academic Championship: Members of the Boise High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team have won the Idaho State Academic Championship (see photo).  This award is presented by the Idaho High School Activities Association to the varsity team of each classification that achieves the highest cumulative grade point average. Boise High Girls Basketball Team won the award with a cumulative GPA of 3.859. Click here to learn more.      
Boise High Girls Varsity Basketball Team - first row (L-R) Lydia Miles, Rebecca Russell, Kirsten Robinson, Megan Lee, Hanna Orton, Tatem Fredrickson second row (L-R) Assistant Coach David Maxwell, Linnea Sandberg, Natasha Dacic, Isabelle Hadden, Mandy Simpson, Adriane Hershey, Head Coach Kim Brydges.
Boise High Student Receives Award: Boise High Senior Sarah Husney has received the Rotary Outstanding Student Service Award.  This award recognizes students who are working to make a difference in their community, be it civic or through their school.
Capital High Senior Receives National Scholarship:  Peter Huang was recently selected as a prestigious Coca-Cola Scholar.  The Capital High senior will receive $5,000/year for 4 years and a trip to Atlanta where he is in the running to be selected as one of 10 finalists receiving an extra $10,000.
South Jr. High Students Poems Selected:  Twenty-four students from South Jr. High School have had their poems accepted for publication in the Love What's Real writing contest.  This is the fourth year in a row that South has more published poems than any other school in the Treasure Valley. 
West Students Earn Third Place in Regional Science Bowl:  West Jr. High students recently competed at the Regional Science Bowl and earned 3rd place (see photo). The event was held at Boise State University on Saturday, February 8th.  Click here to learn more.   
West students with former astronaut and distinguished educator in residence (BSU) Barbara Morgan: Top row from Left: Madeline Kraus, Makenzie Stapley, Kim Flynn, Angela Parker Bottow row from Left: Abbie Hagen, Avery Rooney, Matt Robinson, Jacob Brown.
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 kindergarten students on Thursday, March 13th. Click here to learn more or here for information in Spanish.   


The Week Ahead with Community Ed:  Get out of the house, meet new people and learn something new! Community Education's popular Winter session continues in full swing with a variety of personal enrichment classes from which to choose. Click here  to learn more or on the adjacent catalog image and click here  to review classes starting next week - February 24th.  
Teach a Community Ed Class:  Share a skill or knowledge with others by teaching a Community Education class. We're currently recruiting volunteer instructors for our spring session (April 28 through May 22).  For more than 40 years, CE has served as Boise's first choice for life long learning. From business and finance, gardening, cooking, travel, spring cleaning, health and fitness, fly fishing and photography to everything else in between, our volunteer instructors offer a wide variety of classes! Click here to learn more.  
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 #11 -    Travel the Globe through Free Virtual Field Trips: Virtual Field Trips can be used to engage and inspire learning. With Internet access, we are fortunate to be able to travel the globe in minutes. Consider taking a digital journey, as a family, to Learn about Past Presidents or tour the Smithsonian Museum. Choose from a variety of Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips. Travel out of this world with a Tour Mars via Google Earth or stay close to home with 360 Degree Virtual Tours of Idaho! Ready to get started right now? Check out the following unique video clip, Making a Peanut Butter Sandwich in Outer Space from a series of archived videos that feature Canadian Astronaut, Commander Chris Hadfield while on his assignment at the International Space Station.

Making a Peanut Butter Sandwich in Outer Space Video
Making a Peanut Butter Sandwich in Outer Space Video

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.  


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Dan Hollar

Public Affairs Administrator

Boise School District  

(208) 854-4064

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