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What's Happening in Boise School District  

Friday, May 2:  Academic Assembly, Boise High School, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., new gym. A celebration honoring the accomplishments of Boise High's graduating seniors!

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.  

Sunday, May 4:  Highlands Elementary School will host a 5k run/walk and bake sale at Ann Morrison Park at the Old Timers Shelter.  Bake sale begins at 1 p.m.; run/walk begins at 2 p.m.  Registration for the race is $10 at or on race day; cookies sold by donation. Mrs. Troy's class at Highlands and all proceeds will be donated to pediatric cancer research by way of an organization called


Friday, May 9:  Koelsch Elementary School 6th grade field trip to St. Alphonsus Heart Clinic, 10 a.m.  Students will tour the McCleary Center to learn about the anatomy of the heart, causes and common warning signs of heart attacks and strokes, heart healthy choices, and the roles of exercise, diet and nutrition.


Friday, May 9:  Dodge a Bobcat Family Night Dodge Ball Tournament, South Jr. High School's annual Make-A-Wish benefit, 5:30-8 p.m.  Pasta dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. to be followed by a game of dodge ball at 6 p.m.  Tickets:  $3 in advance or $5 at the door.  Raffle tickets will also be on sale $1 each or 6 for $5. This year's recipient is 11-year-old Gabriel who is battling a congenital heart condition.  His wish is to go to Hollywood and shadow a film crew.  Proceeds from this event will help make Gabriel's wish come true.


Sunday, May 18:  North Junior High School's Catalpa Quartet will be performing their first annual benefit concert at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy at 4:00 p.m.  There will be a one hour-long performance including works by: Mozart, Ariagga, Pleyel, Coldplay, The Beatles, and Elton John. The concert is FREE but donations will be accepted and greatly appreciated.   At the start of this school year, four 8th grade students at North formed the Catalpa Quartet a non-profit organization that helps Title I elementary schools in the Boise School District with instrument repair. So far, the string quartet has raised almost $1,100 toward this effort by playing at various community events. This spring, the ensemble established the Catalpa Quartet Fund at the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation.  


Wednesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 22:  Hershey's Track & Field Games, Timberline High School, 701 E. Boise Ave.  Registration begins at 4 p.m. both days.  Ages 7-10 will compete May 21 and ages 11-14 will compete May 22.  First and second place finishers qualify to participate in the South State meet in July in Rexburg.  State winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trop to compete in the North American Final on Saturday, August 2 in Hershey, PA. Participants must pre-register by Sunday, May 18 at the Boise City Recreation Office, 110 Scout Ln., Boise.  For more information see "Activities, Classes & Sports" at http://parks, or call (208) 608-7650.  


District Students Receive Gates Millennium Scholarships:  Three Boise District high school seniors have been each selected to receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship:  Borah High School AVID senior Salome Paul, Borah senior Eric Garcia and Capital High School senior Peter Huang. The Gates Millennium Scholars 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. Learn more here 
Eric Garcia
Peter Huang
Salome Paul
2014 Boise Rotary Century Scholars Announced:  The City of Boise's top 100 graduating seniors are honored as this year's 2014 Boise Rotary Century Scholars. Click here or on the adjacent image to learn more about these outstanding students and their outstanding educators selected for this noteworthy recognition.
Dennis Center Students Receive National Scholarships:  Dennis  Professional Technical Education Center students Samim Mohammad Aziz and Chase Gilbertson have been selected to each receive the mikeroweWORKS Tool Scholarship.  The selection process required students to have a high GPA, show leadership skills, write a biography and submit a video, explaining why they should be selected. For their efforts, each student received, among other things, a check for $1,000 that they can use towards the purchase of tools.   Pictured, left to right: Chase Gilbertson, Kyle Kallmeyer, Dennis Pro-Tech Center Principal, and Samin Mohammad Aziz. 
Review The Week Ahead With Community Ed!:  Click here to review Community Education classes beginning the week of April 28th.  Register up to the day a class begins!   From garden and green living, business and finance, to fitness and health, there's a class for everyone!  For 40-years, Community Education has served as Boise's first choice for affordable, exciting and enriching lifelong learning opportunities.  Click on the adjacent image to review our complete Spring catalog of classes or click here to register.  

Les Bois Junior High Students Recognized:  The Idaho Beer and Wine Distributors Association named the winners of the 2014 IDon' student video contest. The winning videos were selected from student submissions from across the state. The winning videos included two from Les Bois Junior High School: The Broken Brother by Stevie Youngerman and Team Stephenson Studios, which won 1st place and Drinking Ruins Futures by Bennie Sackett and Team Future, which won most votes. Both teams were under the supervision of Lori Ewing, Video Production Teacher at Les Bois. The videos may be viewed by clicking on the adjacent image.

Boise District Students Advance to National FCCLA Competition: Idaho Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) held their state competition, April 10-12.  A number of Boise District students received recognition and qualified to represent Idaho at the National Competition in Austin, Texas in July. Learn more here.


First Place, Grades 7-8:  Maranda Paz, East Jr. High

Honorable Mention, Grades 7-8:  Anna Gable, East Jr. High

Honorable Mentions, Grades 9-12:  Andrew Grissom, Timberline High; Olivia Quesnell, East Jr. High; Gabe Taylor, Timberline High


Each first place winner receives $50 in cash, a certificate, t-shirt, and a tree donated by the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association to plant at their school or another approved public location.  Honorable mention winners receive a certificate and a t-shirt.  Awardees will be honored at the Idaho Arbor Day Celebration at Capitol Park, across from the Capitol Building, on Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m.  The event is open to the public. Photos may be viewed here. 


Bogus  Basin Ski Resort Partners with Capital High School AVID Program: Recently, Bogus Basin Ski Resort partnered with Capital High's AVID program on an educational improvement incentive plan.  The resort offered an all expenses paid trip to the resort for sophomore, junior, and senior AVID classes that show the highest level of performance in the second quarter in the following areas: Grade point average, grades, reduced number of missing assignments, community service participation, attendance and AVID participation.  The incentive program produced great improvements and Bogus Basin is now wanting to partner with the AVID program district-wide.  Alan Moore, Bogus CEO and Jamie Zolber, Ski and Snowboard School Director, approached Capital's Ski Team Coach about the pilot program around academic performance. 


Bogus Basin Incentive Day with Capital High School AVID students.


District Students to Compete at National Competition:  Hao Hao Wang, an 8th grade student at East Junior High School, will be representing the state of Idaho at the National MathCounts Competition in Orlando, FL this May.  East's  MathCounts team placed 3rd in the state competition and consisted of Hao Hao Wang, Eunice Kweon, Megan Byers, Dahsong Lee and Lindsey Kim.  Hao Hao also received a  $1,000 dollar scholarship to the Idaho University of her choice.  North Junior High School's team of Jusung Lee, Anaise Boucher-Browning, David Hamlin, and Jinyoung Park took first in the Southwest competition, and second in the Idaho State Competition. Jusung Lee took 3rd in State and will go on to the National Competition in May. Anaise Boucher-Browning took tenth in State.

Jazz Bands Participate in Jazz Festival At the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, held April 2-3, 2014, East Jr. High School's jazz band and Timberline High School's jazz band each took first place in their divisions.  East's jazz band performed at the evening concert on April 2 and Timberline's jazz band, along with Capital High School's Combo, performed at the evening concert on April 3.
Boise High Team Recognized:   Boise High School's team recently won the BLaunched Jr. Team competition held at the The Water Center. The winning team consisted of Boise High seniors Peyton Blackwell, Beemer Fisher, KayCee Faler and Adrienne Hilde, and junior Chap Todd. The students were awarded scholarship money for their winning business pitch. The BLaunched Jr. Program is an offshoot from the professional competition BLaunched Pro, where teams of young entrepreneurs from the Treasure Valley create business ventures and compete for start-up funds through local investors. The BLaunched Jr. program takes the students through the same process, from idea creation and start-up legal, to marketing, financials and writing a business plan.     

Timberline High Students Recognized:  The following Timberline High students took home medals in the recent Skills USA competitions:  Hayley Williams took Bronze in Job Interview, Andrew Grissom took Silver in Photography, and Logan Abel took Silver in Telecommunication Cabling.
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. In addition, click here for information about this year's School Night Concert to be held on Friday, May 2.   
Team Tators Wraps Up Successful Season Boise School District's Team Tators robotics team has just wrapped up a highly successful regional competition season and are now in the planning and preparation stage for participating in the FIRST Robotics Championships in St. Louis, MO, April 23-26.  The team won the Utah Regional in March and then placed in the semi-finals in Las Vegas, NV in April.  Team Tators was honored at both the Utah Regional and the Las Vegas Regional events with the Innovation in Control award, issued by Rockwell Automation. For more information, please visit: Visit this website to access the link for watching the competitions live April 23-26.  Team Tators is Team #2122.


Congratulations to Science Bowl Teams:  Treasure Valley Mathematics & Science Center's Middle School Science Bowl team took first place regionally in the Western Idaho Regional Science Bowl Competition.  These students will now travel to Washington, D.C., with an all expenses paid trip to compete in the National Science Bowl Competition, April 24-28. TVMSC's High School Science Bowl team competed in an intense final round against Boise High School's team, coming in second.  Boise High's team will also travel to Washington, D.C. to compete at Nationals. TVMSC's High School team also competed in the National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) and has qualified to participate in NAQT's National Competition in Chicago, IL, in May for the NAQT Midwest Championships.


Capital Team Competes in Science Olympiad:  Recently, Capital High School's Science Olympiad Team placed second overall in the Science Olympiad Competition held in early April.


Lowell Elementary Receives Grant:  Lowell Elementary School is one of five recipients of a Just Add Water garden grant funded by Whole Foods MarketThe $400 grant can be used to start a new school garden or expand an existing one. These funds can be used toward garden supplies, infrastructure, program materials, or garden tools. Additionally, through a partnership with Idaho Master Gardner Program, each grant recipient will receive a garden mentor to help support the garden during the 2014 gardening season. The award winners were eligible to apply for the grants after successfully completing a Just Add Water workshop presented earlier this year by the Boise Urban Garden School, Let's Move Boise, Boise Parks & Recreation, the University of Idaho Canyon County Extension, Idaho Botanical Garden and the Idaho Master Gardener program.


North Jr. High Jazz Bands Compete:  Jazz bands from North Jr. High School received a first and third place finish out of 5 in the CBC Jazz Unlimited Music Festival recently held in Pasco, WA.


BSD Teachers Selected to Receive Grants:  Three Boise School District teachers have been selected to receive grants in the Partners in Science Program of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.  Borah High School science teacher Jeremy Thompson and Capital High School science teachers Cynthia Currie and John Doherty have each been selected to receive a grant of $7,000 which includes funds to attend two national Partners in Science conferences. 


BSD Teachers Selected to Attend Academy:  Two Boise School District teachers have been selected to attend the 2014 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy to be held in July in Jersey City, NJ.  Over 1,100 teachers applied for this one-week, all expenses-paid intensive professional development program for third through fifth grade teachers.  Of the 1,100 applicants, 150 were selected including Monroe Elementary School's Alyssa Carter and Whitney Elementary School's Danielle Mora. 

Alyssa Carter
Danielle Mora

Dennis Center Students Participate in SkillsUSA Competition:  Fifty-five students from the Dennis Technical Education center competed in venues across the Treasure Valley in 18 skilled and leadership competitions.  The following students earned a medal at the 2014 SkillsUSA Idaho State Leadership and Skills Conference.  All gold medalists have been invited to compete in the SkillsUSA National Conference in Kansas City, MO, in June.


Automotive Refinishing:  Vasiliy Yaroshchuk - Gold

Collision Repair:  Cordel Gardner - Gold

Computer Maintenance:  Nathan Wigger - Bronze

CNC Milling:  Patrick Watkins - Gold

Diesel:  Chase Gilbertson - Gold, Samim Mohammad Aziz - Silver, Colton Duran - Bronze

Internetworking: Edward Teets - Gold, Trevian Johnson - Silver

Job Interview:  Hayley Williams - Bronze

Job Skill Demonstration:  Myles Lytle -  Gold, Blake Parkinson - Silver, Charles "CJ" Fox -  Bronze

Photography:  Andrew Grissom - Silver

Precision Machining: Joshua Nisson - Bronze

Prepared Speech:  Donald Messenger - Silver

Telecommunication Cabling: Michael Shuter - Gold, Logan Abel - Silver, Wyatt Wilson -  Bronze

Welding: Daneil Crutcher - Silver, Austin Logue - Bronze


Also, congratulations to Jonathan Rathamone, who was elected as the SkillsUSA Idaho Vice President for the secondary level.


Capital High Student Participates in Ski Competition:  Capital High School junior Jake Barrett recently competed in the United States of America Snowboard and FreeSki Association (USASA) National Championships where he received a bronze medal placing third against 40 competitors in the Rail Jam for ages 14 and over.  This is the third time Barrett has qualified for the USASA National Championships. Barrett ended the regular season ranked #1 in the nation for Slopestyle and #2 in the nation for Rails in his age group (men 16-18).  


TAHMO Sister School Program Launches at East Jr. High:  Six students at East Junior High School kicked off the TAHMO Sister School Program at the end of 2013 by starting a weather club, the International Weather Team - East Jr. High, which will serve as the first U.S. school in TAHMO's school partnership program.  The TAHMO Sister Schools initiative aims to foster international school partnerships and science education utilizing on-site climate station technology to analyze local weather, allowing schools to compare their local environments to partner schools around the world. At East, students have begun by exploring, testing, wiring and programming tipping buckets, air temperature sensors and solar radiation sensors. Pam Aishlin, TAHMO volunteer and geologist at Boise State University, is training these students to run their own weather stations and data, while also fund raising for equipment so their African sister school can implement parallel activities.  Once their sister school is up and running, students will be able to compare and discuss different weather events and activities with their peers across the world.  


USS Boise Crew Members Visit Boise Schools:  U.S. Navy crew members from Boise's Navy vessel namesake, the USS Boise, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine, visited two Boise District elementary schools on Friday, April 18, 2014. Commanding Officer Scott S. Luers and some members of his crew made presentations to 5th and 6th grade students at Grace Jordan Elementary School and also Whitney Elementary School. Click here to view photos from the school visits. 


Digital Learning Tip #16: Creative Writing: Think back to some of the first writing activities where you used digital tools. Were you typing a digital final draft while looking at a paper rough draft? Was this to compose an email? Perhaps, it was texting or sharing a post on a social media site? Check out the free Web 2.0 tool, Story Starters by Scholastic to practice and share in some online creative writing, as a family! For more online writing resources, see  Web 2.0 Cool Tools for Schools!


Explore a Great Summer of Learning - Summer School Program Information Available Now:  The Boise School District offers a wide variety of summer school classes for students to enhance their educational experiences. Click here for further information. 








A Closer Look at Class Size in the Boise District: In his latest blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly explores the issue of class size in the District and new research regarding class size, along with other relevant information, including average class size and student teacher ratios.   His 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 Data Points image. The blog is intended for parents and patrons interested in an objective, data-driven look at student performance in Boise and across Idaho.  


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Boise School District  

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