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What's Happening in Boise School District

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 8:  Thirty Cynthia Mann Elementary choir students in grades 4, 5 & 6 will participate in the Boise Veterans Day Parade beginning at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Boise. Cynthia Mann is a school of approximately 415 students located in Northwest Boise. The school's theme for the parade will be "Cynthia Mann - Proud of Our Veterans!"  The school choir is directed by music specialist, Kim Thompson, and the school's parade float will be pulled by 5th grade teacher, John McCutcheon. The public is invited to watch the Parade and help Cynthia Mann  students show their support for our Veterans! Click here to learn more. 

November 8:  Navy Band Northwest will perform a free concert beginning at 6:00 p.m., at South Junior High School, 3101 W. Cassia St., Boise.   

November 10: Boise School Board meeting, 6 p.m., Boise District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise.  Public is invited to attend.  Click here to review complete agenda.  

November 11:  Veterans Day.  A number of schools in the Boise District will hold Veterans Day activities/events. Check with your local school for further information. 

November 11: Hidden Springs Elementary School 6th grade students will be recognized for their community service project in which they collected iPods and donations for the Idaho State Veterans Home to increase memory for dementia patients, part of a program entitled Music for Memories.  At 11:00 a.m.,  students in the 6th grade classes will present a check and collected iPods to the Idaho Veterans Administration. For more information contact Teacher Tina Smith at [email protected]. Hidden Springs is located at 5480 W. Hidden Springs Dr. News media is invited to attend. 

Boise District Athletes Win Individual Cross Country State Titles:

Boise High's Emily Hamlin and Capital High's Drew Schultz made it a Treasure Valley sweep of the 5A individual races at the Idaho State Cross Country Championship races held Saturday, November 1st.  The Capital senior claimed his first individual state championship in 15:42.25, about four seconds ahead of teammate Zach Wiberg (15:48.15). Hamlin clocked the fastest time among all female runners in 18:14.6. Click here to learn more.  

Emily Hamlin
Boise High School

Andrew Schultz
Capital High School

Timberline High School Wins Marching Band Competition:  Rainy weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of 27 area marching bands competing at the annual D-III Mel Shelton Marching Band Competition Saturday Nov. 2, 2014 at Boise State University's Albertson's Stadium. Timberline High's Marching Band received 1st Place in division 4-open (the largest division of bands) and received the award for best percussion. They also received 3rd place in sweepstakes out of all bands. 

Grant Allows Students to Visit BUGS:  Thanks to a $1,000 grant awarded to the Boise District's Food & Nutrition Program, nearly 300 students from Monroe and Jefferson elementary schools will enjoy a visit to BUGS - Boise Urban Garden School. The grant is from the Idaho State Department of Education.  The funds will be used to pay for field trips to BUGS -  a specialized, inquiry-based education organization that utilizes an organic garden setting as the foundation for a unique learning environment.  Let's Move Boise is providing any additional funds needed for transportation to the BUGS Center. 

Dennis Professional Technical Center Hosted a Red Cross blood drive on November 6th: Thanks to Dennis Center students and staff a total of 61 pints of blood were collected, which will help 183 people in our valley! The blood will be available to area hospitals the week of November 10th. Hospitals depend on volunteer donations for emergencies and surgeries. Thank you Dennis Professional Technical Center students and Staff!  The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) & Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) students organized the Red Cross blood drive.
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. 

Time to Hit the Reset Button on Tiered Licensure:  In his latest blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly explains why members of the Idaho State Board of Education should rethink the proposed tiered licensure rule. 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.  

Four Time Saving Google Search Tips with a Google a Day Challenge!: Google search tips can serve as shortcuts to help save time when researching and locating information online. Discover how to search within one specific website, look for a particular file type, quickly pull up complete definitions for vocabulary words, and activate a calendar all within the Google search bar. Take some time to practice these tips with your student, and then test out your skills using A Google a Day Challenge! Click here to learn more in this week's Activate2Learn blog post.  

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

Wanted:  School Bus Drivers:  If you are interested in working as a school bus driver, call 854-5230.  Schools will receive a $100 credit toward a future field trip if the bus drivers hired identify a school's reader board or newsletter as the place they first learned about the job opening.  

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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