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What's Happening in Boise School District

October 31:  No school for Boise School District Students.  

November 1:  The Mel Shelton D-III Marching Band Competition begins at 11 a.m. at Albertson's Stadium at Boise State University, featuring high school marching bands from Boise School District, and throughout the Treasure Valley. Tickets are $12 in advance through each school's band program, or $15 at the gate the day of the event.  Click here for more information. 

November 1 - 21:  Give the gift of reading by donating a new book to the 2014 Operation Wish Book campaign. Operation Wish Book celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. From November 1st to 21st, book collection boxes will be located at all Boise and Meridian public schools, as well as many charter schools, private schools and local businesses.  Operation Wish Book is a nonprofit organization operating in Ada County that places new books in the hands of children who do not own books. In December, the books are distributed through the Salvation Army. Donations are also accepted. For more information contact Lucy Leavell (208-870-0254, [email protected]) or Betty Reimann (208-376-8687, [email protected]). 

November 2: Daylight Savings Time Ends:  

Be Seen During School Commute: This time of year, it is difficult for drivers to see students who walk or ride bikes to school, particularly if children are wearing dark clothing and/or do not have lights or reflectors on their bicycles. With that in mind, Boise School District would like to take this opportunity to communicate to parents and students about the need to be visible during school commute times.

Please discuss the following tips with your children to ensure safe commuting to and from school:

  1. Wear light clothing with reflective accents, make sure bicycles have the required lighting.
  2. Follow pedestrian/bike laws, including crossing designated crosswalks
  3. Talk to your school about designated safe routes to school.
  4. Be mindful of traffic, especially when crossing streets or driveways

**Drivers: Be aware of students crossing streets on their way to or from school.

Timberline High Boys Varsity Soccer Team Wins 5A State Championship:  Timberline High School's Boys Varsity Soccer Team defeated Centennial 1-0 to win their first 5A State Boys Soccer Championship.  Coached by TJ Thaemert, this is Timberline's first state title since 2001. Boise High's Varsity Boys took home the 3rd place state trophy and Boise High Girls Varsity Soccer Team won the 2nd place state trophy.  
Timberline Girls Cross Country Team Wins District:  Coached by Ty Axtman, Timberline's Girls Cross Country Team won the District Championship last week.  All five of the Wolves' scoring runners finished in the top 19 at the 5A District Three meet, resulting in the program's first district championship in school history.  The State championship will be held Saturday, November 1, at Eagle Island State Park. Click here to learn more.

Timberline High School Marching Band Received 1st Place in the Treasure Valley Festival of Bands 2014. They also received BEST overall Effect in the Class IV 4 Open at the Festival which was held October 24 -26th.

Capital High Senior Recognized:  Capital High Senior Brett Becia was named to the fourth annual High School Soccer All-American gameThe four-year varsity member is one of 42 players selected from states that play soccer in the fall. He will compete on the West team Dec. 13 in Raleigh, N.C., in a game full of players committed to Division I programs. Click here to learn more.  

Board President Nancy Gregory (left) presents Maggie Reynolds, a student at North Jr. High, with a framed copy of the artwork that won the Bob Wand Memorial Art Award.
North Jr. High Student Receives Bob Wand
Memorial Art Award:  Maggie Reynolds, a student at North Jr. High School, recently received the Bob Wand Memorial Art Award from the Boise School Board. Reynolds was a student at Highlands Elementary School at the time she created the artwork that won the award. The award is named for Bob Wand who was an art supervisor who served the District from 1958-1981. The "Bob Wand Memorial Traveling Art Exhibit" and Purchase Award are in honor of his dedicated service and love of art. 100 pieces of art are juried and selected from thousands of entries each spring to travel to various schools in the fall. From those entries, one is selected for the purchase award. The winner receives a cash award from the District, a framed copy of their art, and a package of art supplies from the District's Art Cottage. Maggie's original piece of art will be displayed at the District Services Center.

The Boise Public Schools Education Foundation is pleased to announce that from now through the holidays, Internet Auto Rent and Sales will donate a portion of every auto sale to the Foundation's SAFE (Student Aid Fund for Emergencies) program.  SAFE provides emergency funds for school supplies, doctor visits, shoes, class fees, counseling and groceries - basic needs to keep kids in school. For more information about SAFE, please visit For more information about Internet Auto Rent and Sales, please visit

School Lunch Recipe Contest!: Submit a favorite recipe you would like to see served at school and you could WIN!!!   Prizes include $50 gift card, kitchen gadgets, kids recipe books, backpacks, kids culinary classes and lunch with the Mayor!  For more information visit www.letsmoveboise.comSend recipes by November 18th to: [email protected] 
Sponsored by Let's Move Boise and their partners! Click here for more information. 

2014 Idaho School District Advanced Placement Results:  In his latest blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly reviews Idaho's latest Advanced Placement exam results. His blog, Data Points, is dedicated to providing student achievement and education trend analysis and is available here or click on the adjacent 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.

Polar Bear Week: Fall 2014 Tundra Connections:  It's Polar Bear Week, and at Polar Bear International that means live webcams, interactive discussions, and learning challenges are ready to go, along with a special invitation for you to view polar bears in their natural environment! These events and supporting resources offer rich learning experiences and connections for students of all ages. Free teaching and learning materials are available and offer a range of topics that support national literacy standards and STEM learning outcomes. Click here to learn more in this week's Activate2Learn blog post.  

Free Developmental Screening:  During the 2014-15 school year, the Boise School District offers free developmental screening for children ages 3 to 5 years of age with developmental concerns. Click here to learn more. 

Teach With Us!: Have a passion to share with others?  Teach a Community Ed class. We are currently recruiting instructors for our winter 2015 session that begins in January.  To learn more, and apply, click click here

Sign-Up for Emergency Text Messaging:  The Boise School District offers emergency text messaging for parents/guardians. Click here to learn more and sign-up.  

News Media Contact:


Dan Hollar

Public Affairs Administrator

Boise School District  

(208) 854-4064

[email protected]    


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