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What's Happening in Boise School District  
Friday, March 21:  End of third quarter. Early release for students in grades K-6.  Click here for early release schedule. 
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 or call (208) 608-7716.
Tuesday, April 15:  2014 Boise Rotary Century Scholars Program, a program honoring Boise's top 100 graduating seniors, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Boise State University Jordan Ballroom. This is the ninth annual Boise Rotary Century Scholars program.  Each student being recognized has substantially exceeded the minimum program grade point average requirement of 3.75 and represents the best in music, the arts, service to community, athletics and academics in each of Boise's public and non-public high schools:  Bishop Kelly, Boise, Borah, Capital, Frank Church, Riverstone and Timberline.  This year's Distinguished Alumnus Address will be presented by Mr. Ben Ysursa, Idaho Secretary of State who recently announced his retirement. Look for the program publication inserted into the April 15th Idaho Statesman and online at
Tuesday, April 22:  Hawthorne Elementary is excited to break ground on their first ever vegetable garden and celebrate their new permanent picnic shelter on site at 2401 W. Targee Boise, ID 83705 on Earth Day, Tuesday April 22, 2014 at 4:00 - 6:00pm. Hawthorne Elementary School received significant grant monies to do so, from the City of Boise Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant Fund, Boise Urban Garden School, and Whole Foods Boise and the Whole Kids Foundation. Click here to learn more.  
Saturday, May 3:  13th Annual Hornet 5K Run/Walk.  The Hornet Run is a non-profit event that supports East Junior High School athletics and physical education.  Race begins at 9:30 a.m. at East Junior High, 5600 E. Warm Springs Ave., Boise. Click here to learn more, including how to register. Or, contact Chuck Johnson or Rose Liddle at 854-4730 for more information. 
Boise High School Assistant Principal Anne Ross (second from left) with current Boise High School AFS foreign exchange students.

Boise High School Honored with 2013 Top School Award, $1000 Scholarship: AFS-USA's Northwest Central Team (formerly the American Field Service) is proud to announce Boise High School was awarded the 2013 Top School distinction March 11, 2014.  Schools honored with this annual award have partnered with AFS in a variety of ways to foster global citizenship through intercultural learning - both inside and outside of the classroom - from hosting international students, sending students abroad, and working with AFS-USA to incorporate intercultural and experiential learning opportunities into their curriculum. 


Boise High School has supported intercultural exchange with AFS for more than 60 consecutive years; sending students abroad on one of AFS's many program options nearly every year since 1954 and by welcoming foreign students participating in AFS programs to attend Boise High School every year since 1956.


Boise High School Principal Amy Kohlmeier and Assistant Principal Anne Ross were presented with a plaque and certificate of recognition by Northwest Central Team's Volunteer Chair Hanna Lee Betz, Community Developer Brandi Williams (AFS staff), and foreign exchange students from Germany, Italy, and Norway who are currently attending Boise High School.  


Additionally, a $1000 scholarship (to be used toward a 2014 summer, semester, or year-long AFS program) will be provided to a Boise High School student who submits the winning photograph, video or illustration of their idea of global citizenship or being a global citizen.  The scholarship competition deadline is April 1, 2014.  Scholarship details can be found at


To find out more about this project, hosting an AFS Exchange Student, volunteering with AFS, or studying abroad, contact Brandi Williams at [email protected], or visit .

April Book Drive at Highlands Elementary:  Highlands Elementary School is collecting gently used books for the month of April. Book it Forward! Idaho will clean and sort the books so they can be distributed to children.  The class service project is meant to teach the students to reduce, reuse and recycle.  Pay it forward by donating your gently used books to Book it Forward! Idaho at Highlands Elementary, 3434 Bogus Basin Rd., Boise. Click here to learn more.
May Brings Music Week Events/Activities:  Boise School District's award-winning music program is on full display during the month of May.  Each year music students throughout the District reach out to our community by offering free performances as part of Music Week activities. For a complete review of this year's Music Week schedule click here. In addition, click here for a schedule of elementary spring performances and here for a schedule of secondary spring performances. 

Digital Learning Tip #13: Spring Break is around the corner! This might be a good time to explore some easy to use safety tools for your family's use of technology. Here's a tip to get you started: Mobile devices, especially smartphones can provide us with 24/7 Internet access from many locations. When using your phone or tablet, locking your device with a PIN or pattern will help to provide an extra layer of protection for stored data.Google provides families with a  safety center that gives simple tips to keep your data secure and safe. Here's a tip on how to keep your family protected while on the go: 

Log out and shut down
Tips and advice on signing out when you've finished using your computer.


Boise School District Administrators Receive Awards:  The Women's and Children's Alliance recently honored two Boise School District administrators at its 21st Annual Tribute to Women and Industry Luncheon  on Thursday, March 13 at the Boise Centre. Dr. Ann Farris, Boise High Area Director and Deborah Hedden-Nicely, Head Teacher, Marian Pritchett High School each received a TWIN Award.  They were among 50 women honored during this year's awards ceremony.  "These are the women who make things happen in the Treasure Valley business world," WCA Executive Director Bea Black said. "It is a great honor to be called a TWIN, and we're so grateful to be able to recognize 50 new TWINs in this special year." This is the 21st year that the WCA has recognized professional women with TWIN awards. The luncheon honors companies and organizations that have consistently supported the WCA as Corporate Pillars and nominated TWIN honorees .In the last 21 years, 795 women have been named TWINs, and more than 120 businesses and organizations have participated, contributing more than $2.3 million to the WCA's mission of providing safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault. Learn more here  
Dr. Ann Farris
Boise High Area Director
Deborah Hedden-Nicely
Head Teacher
Marian Pritchett School
Summer School Program Information Now Available:  The Boise School District offers a wide variety of summer school classes for students to enhance their educational experiences. Click here for further information. 

New Blog Post on Data Points Regarding Idaho's College-Going Rates: There's a new blog post from Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly regarding Idaho's college-going rates.  The blog, Data Points, is dedicated to providing student achievement and education trend analysis and is available through Google Sites or you can read it here or click on the adjacent image. It's intended for parents and patrons interested in an objective, data-driven look at student performance in Boise and across Idaho.  


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.


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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