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What's Happening in Boise School District  

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., followed by a game of dodge ball at 6 p.m.  Tickets:  $3 in advance or $5 at the door.  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.


Monday, May 12:  Boise School Board meeting, 6:00 p.m.  District Services Center, 8169 W.Victory Rd., Boise. Some of the agenda items include: Presentation of Red Apple Award to Carly Mary, Kindergarten Teacher, Valley View Elementary School and Golden Apple Award to Jane Davis, Special Education Assistant, Morley Nelson Elementary School.  Click here to review complete meeting agenda. Public is invited to attend.  


Sunday, May 18:  North Junior High School's Catalpa Quartet will perform their first annual benefit concert at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy at 4:00 p.m.  The concert is FREE but donations will be accepted and greatly appreciated.   At the start of this school year, four North 8th grade students formed the quartet which that helps Title I elementary schools in the Boise 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, 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 trip 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 Mayors' Awards to Youth :  Boise Mayor David Bieter recently recognized 30 Boise District students with Mayors' Awards to Youth, honoring young people who have demonstrated tremendous character by rising above hardships.  Click here to learn more about the awards program and here to view photos of this year's Boise District recipients.  


Boise High Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team Ranked Top Ten in West: Boise High's Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team is listed as the #10 team in the west, according to Lacrosse Magazine. Learn more here.  


Boise District Team First Landlocked Group to Win National Oceanic Science Bowl:  A team of students from Boise High School and formerly Treasure Valley Mathematics and Science Center won first place in the National Oceanic Science Bowl competition held recently in Seattle.  The team of Nate Marshall, Karthik Mouli, Eric Huang and Benjamin Huang earned first place in the competition and a trip to Maine this summer to spend a week with scientists in the field of Ocean Sciences. This is the first time a team from a landlocked state has won this distinguished competition.  Click here to learn more.    


Pictured left to right:  Benjamin Huang, Eric Huang (no relation), Captain Nate Marshall, Karthik Mouli.  Not pictured, coach Tony Baca.


Boise High Students Nationally Recognized:  Boise High School senior Yoon Ji Ra has been selected as a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar, one of only two students in Idaho to be selected for this distinguished award.  Learn more here.  In addition, Boise High senior Patrick O'Neil has been selected as a semifinalist in the competition.   


Patrick O'Neil

Yoon Ji Ra

Three BSD Schools Win FitOne Awards:  Students at Amity Elementary School captured top honors in the Let's Move with FitOne school walking challenge.  Amity students logged 2,781 miles in the walking competition held in April in conjunction with Unplug and Be Outside week.  Hawthorne Elementary (photo on left) and Monroe Elementary (photo on right) each won awards for 100% participation in the challenge.  All three schools earned cash prizes of $250 and a visit from Olympic gold-medalist Kristin Armstrong.  Amity will receive its prize and a visit from Armstrong on May 13.

Capital High Student Earns Scholarship:  Capital High School student Kaeleigh McCreery was recently selected for the National Achievement Scholarship Program (NASP).  The NASP, which operates without government assistance, honors academically talented Black American high school students and provides scholarships for a substantial number of outstanding program participants.  McCreery is among the approximately 4,700 highest-scoring program participants.





Borah High Student Announced National Winner in Contest:  Quill and Scroll recently announced Borah High School student August McKernan as a National Winner in the Quill and Scroll/American Society of News Editors 2014 International Writing and Photo Contest.  McKernan took top honors in three categories including Feature Writing, Editorial, and News Writing.  McKernan is now eligible to apply for a Quill and Scroll Scholarship in Journalism.





National Merit Scholarship Winners Announced:  National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced this year's National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners.  The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a pool of over 15,000 Finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.  BSD students selected are Andrew Davey, Ryan Davey, and Yoon Ji Ra from Boise High School, and Peter Huang from Capital High School. Learn more here.


BSD Students Sweep State Competition:  Boise School District high school students recently swept the Media Network Idaho state level journalism competition, taking honors in nearly every category:


Environment:  1st place - Emily Thorsen, Timberline

Editorial:  1st place - August McKernan, Borah; 2nd place - Harmony Soto, Borah

Opinion:  1st place - August McKernan, Borah; 2nd place - Jason Caughell, Borah; 3rd place - Allison Crecelius, Timberline; Honorable Mentions - Ashlee Gillespie and Jaynee Nielsen, Borah

Graphics/Photo Illustration:  1st place - August McKernan, Borah; 2nd place - Savannah Culp, Timberline; 3rd place - Jaynee Nielsen, Borah; 3rd place - Mitsuko Stoddard, Timberline

Reviews:  1st place - August McKernan, Borah; 2nd place - Harmony Soto, Borah; 3rd place - Savannah Culp, Timberline; 3rd place - Jeremy Dufrene, Timberline

News:  1st place - August McKernan, Borah; 2nd place - Ashlee Gillespie, Borah; 2nd place - Jaynee Nielsen Borah; 3rd place - Amanda Wester, Borah; 3rd place - Erica Rowe, Borah; Honorable Mention - Harmony Soto, Borah

Features:  1st place - Emily Thorsen, Timberline; 3rd place - Tea Nelson, Borah; Honorable Mentions - Sarah Barrus and Sara Britton, Timberline

Feature Photo:  2nd place - Jaynee Nielsen, Borah

Columns:  1st place - August McKernan, Borah

Sports Photo:  2nd place - Jaynee Nielsen, Borah

Sports Story:  1st place - Mackenzie Chiles, Borah; 2nd place - Sebastian Emanuel, Timberline; Honorable Mentions - Brittany Perry, Jaynee Nielsen, and August McKernan, Borah

Double-Truck Layout:  2nd place - August McKernan, Borah

Single-Page Layout:  1st place - Tea Nelson, Borah; 2nd place - Mitsuko Stoddard, Timberline; 3rd place - August McKernan, Borah; Honorable Mention - Jaynee Nielsen, Borah


In addition, Borah High School took Top School honors and Borah student August McKernan took Top Student honors.

Boise District High School Graduation Ceremonies: Click here for the schedule of high school graduations scheduled for later this month and early June.    
Garfield Music Students Recognized in BSU Video: Garfield Elementary's Grizzly Honor Choir, under the direction of Teresa Colebrook, was featured in the BSU Multicultural Diversity and Inclusion Music Video that premiered on May 8th (click on adjacent video).  The video was created in collaboration with numerous BSU student organizations and Garfield Elementary in appreciation and acceptance of uniqueness of humanity at Boise State and beyond.
BSU Multicultural Music Video - Let's All Grow Together
BSU Multicultural Music Video - Let's All Grow Together

District Deputy Superintendent Named Administrator of the Year:  Dr. Pete Bailey, Boise District Deputy Superintendent, has been named Administrator of the Year by the Ada County Association of Educational Office Personnel. The award was presented to Dr. Bailey during the ACAEOP's annual awards breakfast held on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Dr. Bailey has served as a dedicated public school educator for 30 years and is retiring at the end of this school year.  

Boise High Teacher Recognized: Sharon Hanson has been named the Idaho Human Rights Educator of the Year by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, the proud builder of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.  Sharon will be honored at the eleventh annual "Change Your Wold Celebration" on June 12.  Sharon will deliver a speech at the event.   







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.


Review The Week Ahead With Community Ed!:   Click here to review Community Education classes beginning the week of May 11th.  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.  

Announcing Free Summer Meals!:  Boise School District's Food and Nutrition Services Program is once again partnering with The Idaho Foodbank to offer youth ages 1-18 free summer meals.Click here to learn more.  

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. 








What the Star Rating System Tells Us, Pt. 1: In his latest blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly explores Idaho's Star Rating System. 
His blog, Data Pointsis 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. 
Digital Learning Tip #17 - Free Digital Learning Tools:  Discovery Education offers free K-12 student resources that include virtual labs, informational/instructional videos, interactive games, contests, and educational activities. High School students can practice and test their driving skills with the Toyota Teen Driver Challenge.The Homework Help section can be browsed by subject area and topic. Check out Web Math, a resource that offers step-by-step support for problems that might have you puzzled. These tools are not just for students! Parent resources, including Motivation Station and  Hands-On Family Activities can provide fun and engaging options for learners of all ages. 


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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