What's Happening in Boise School District
Thursday, March 13: Boise School District will hold its annual Kindergarten Registration/Open House for incoming kindergarten students. Click here to learn more or here for information in Spanish.
Monday, March 17: Micron Technology Foundation, Inc.'s Discover Technology Bus announcement and media event, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Trail Wind Elementary School, 3701 E. Lake Forest Dr., Boise. The Micron Technology Foundation has teamed with Idaho-based Discover Technology on a new STEM Mobile Discovery Lab - a bus specially designed with hands-on, interactive science exhibits for southwestern Idaho elementary and middle school students. Media will have the opportunity to engage with students experimenting with magnets and sound waves, robot programming and 3D printing, among other activities. Media will also be able to interview officials from the school, the Micron Foundation and Discover Technology. The new STEM Mobile Discovery Lab is sponsored by the Micron Foundation to visit 50 southwest Idaho area elementary and middle schools each year for the next two years. The Micron Foundation's primary mission is to spark a passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in youth in the hopes of helping develop next-generation engineers.
Friday, March 21: End of third quarter. Early release for students in grades K-6. Click here for early release schedule.
Monday, March 17 - Thursday, March 20: Boise School District's popular Winter Community Education Session continues. Click here for a review of classes beginning the week of March 17th.
Monday, March 24 - Friday, March 28: Spring Break. No school for Boise School District students.
Sunday, April 6: Online registration begins for Community Education's Spring Session, which runs April 28 through May 22. Click here to learn more about Boise School District's Community Education program.
Sunday, April 6: Join us for a fun, family-friendly afternoon at Let's Move Boise $1 Skate Day from noon-3 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road. Skate rentals are included. Free prizes and off-ice activities, too! The event is sponsored by Idaho IceWorld and Let's Move Boise
, a coalition seeking to combat childhood obesity by increasing access to healthy food and physical activity. For information, see www.idahoiceworld.com or call (208) 608-7716.
Idaho Sends Team, including Boise High Senior, to National Academic Bowl for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Idaho's Academic Bowl Team for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be heading to Washington, D.C. April 5-8 to compete against 22 other teams from across the nation (see photo). The winning team members are Harrison Hansen, team captain and a senior at Boise High, Boise, Mercedes Arroway, a senior at the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind, Gooding, Francisco Vasquez, a freshman at the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind, Gooding, and Jenna Womack, a junior at Country High School in Pocatello. The team earned its way to the National Bowl after competing at the Western Regionals in Riverside, California and after winning a wild card slot in an additional round of competition held March 4th. Coaches Bill Anderson and Rose Crews will join their students at the national event. Learn more here.
|Pictured left to right-back row: Mercedes Arroway, Harrison Hansen, Francisco Vasquez, Jenna Womack (left to right-seated) Bill Andrew, Rose Crews.|
Borah High Band Students Recognized: Congratulations to the Borah High School Band students that participated at the District III Solo/Ensemble Festival last week. They represented Borah and the band well. Students earned 11 "Superiors", 6 "Excellents" and 2 "Goods". The following soloists received a "superior" and qualified for the State Solo Competition:
Automatic Qualifier (top 2 places):
Kevan Ash- Euphonium - Defending State Champion!
Ian Hooyboer- Snare Drum
Brittney Anderson- Clarinet
Christine Kickel- Flute
Catie Hartman- Trumpet
Erin Sandmeyer- Trumpet
Kevan Ash- Trombone
Peter Daniel- Marimba
Jacob Buckingham- Snare Drum
Boise High Students Ace College Entrance Exams: The following students from Boise High School earned perfect scores on college entrance exams this year: Ian Faucher - 2400 on SAT, Patrick O'Neil - 36 on ACT, Everett Smith - 36 on ACT and Yoon Ji Ra also scored 36 on ACT.
Yoon Ji Ra
Capital High Student's Effort Recognized: Wyatt Wilson, a senior from Capital High School and the Dennis Professional Technical Education Center, along with a team of networking students from the Dennis Center's networking program recently set-up 60 computers for the State Business Professionals of America contest. The contest was held on the BSU campus March 6th and 7th. Wyatt and crew set-up network printing, smoothing out last year's long lines for a single printer. Additionally, they provided tech support for the 2-day contest. Not only did this serve as Wyatt's senior project, but it provided valuable real-life work experience.
Capital High Student Selected as Scholarship Finalist: Capital High School senior Peter Huang has been selected as a Gates Millennium Scholars Finalist. The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The program also provides Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career. Finalists will be notified if they are selected as Gates Millennium Scholars or not selected by mid-April 2014. Learn more here.
District Students Participate in State Invent Idaho Competition: Boise School District students recently competed in the Invent Idaho competition held at University of Idaho. There were 57 winners in all categories in the state elementary contest. Boise School District brought home 16 awards including six first place awards. Click here to learn more.
North Junior High School Students Collaborate on TV Commercials: North Junior High School eighth graders recently took part in the production of two television commercials. Mrs. World, Kaley Sparling (see photo), spokeswoman for the non-profit, Protect Idaho's Kids collaborated with students in the filming. April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, and as part of an English Service Learning Project, students have aligned with several Boise non-profits to make a difference in their community. Watch for our outstanding students on Today's 6 and FOX9 during the month of April.
5th Graders Create PSA to Build Awareness About Environmental Impacts of Dog Waste:
Boise fifth-graders who are worried that dog waste is polluting the Boise River are hoping to combat the problem with a new "PICK IT UP" public service announcement. The 30-second radio spot airing on 670 KBOI and NASH 97.9FM features the voices of 21 students imploring dog owners to pick after their dogs (see photo). The public awareness campaign is part of a service-learning project instigated by students in Dani Andrus' class at Highlands Elementary School. Service-learning incorporates academic studies with a community need. Last fall, the students learned about microworlds and bacteria from instructors at the city's Boise Watershed Environmental Education Center. Then, they worked with the staff at Cumulus Media to write, record and edit the 30-second Public Service Announcement. The spot will continue to run through the end of the year. Click here to hear the public service announcement.
White Pine Special Education Teacher Recognized: Linda Laz, Special Education Teacher at White Pine Elementary School has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council for Exceptional Children and Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She will receive the award during the Council's annual state conference in October.
Feed the School. Feed the Gap: Feed the Gap, in partnership with the Boise School District, is working to eliminate child hunger in their schools by feeding hungry children. These children do not qualify, or have not yet applied for free or reduced price breakfast and lunch meals through the USDA Child Nutrition Programs. Learn more here.
The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is back!: First Lady Michelle Obama is again teaming up with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Epicurious to host a nationwide recipe challenge to promote cooking and healthy eating among America's youth. Parents or guardians and their children, ages 8-12, are invited to submit an original lunch recipe that is healthy, affordable, and tasty, with the opportunity to be invited to attend a Kids' "State Dinner" at the White House where a selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served. Click here for more information about the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and to submit your recipe!
Boise School District Launches Student Achievement and Trend Analysis Blog:
Boise School District has launched a blog dedicated to providing student achievement and education trend analysis. The blog, titled "Data Points", is written by Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly and intended for parents and patrons interested in an objective, data-driven look at student performance in Boise and across Idaho. The blog is available through Google Sites or you can read it here
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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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