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Note:  Times under December 9th Operation Warm Coat Distribution have been revised.  
December 5: Elementary students from several Boise District elementary schools will take to the skies as part of this year's Fantasy Flight, a program sponsored by United Airlines where underprivileged school children are taken on a once-in-a-lifetime flight to the 'North Pole.' News media representatives are invited to cover this story. Students will begin arriving at the Boise Airport United Airlines' ticket counter between 5:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  The flight will take place in the skies above Boise and, upon landing, will culminate with a visit by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and gifts presented by United Airlines and its employees.

December 8:  Boise School Board meeting, 6 p.m., Board room, Boise School District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise.  Public is invited to attend. Click here to review meeting agenda.  

December 9: 2014 Boise Fire Operation Warm Coat Distribution Day.  Members of Boise Fire Fighters Local 149 will once again support students in the Boise District by donating nearly 400 new coats to children in need.  News media representatives are invited to cover this story as firefighters distribute new winter coats to students at the following schools:
  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Valley View Elementary School, 3555 N. Milwaukee St.
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Whitney Elementary School, 1609 S. Owyhee St. 
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Garfield Elementary School, 1914 S. Broadway Ave. 
December 9:  The orchestras from Capital High, Fairmont and Riverglen junior high schools will perform a Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 9th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Capital High School Auditorium, 8055 W. Goddard Road, Boise.  Featured soloists will be Molly McCallum and Debbie Hynes.  Admission is free.

December 17:  Applications  to fill a vacancy on the Boise School Board must be returned and signed by the applicant in person to the Clerk of the Board no later than 4:30 p.m. on December 17, 2014.  Click here for more information. 

December 19:  Early release K-12 students.

December 22 - January 2:  Winter holiday break. No school for students in Boise School District. 

January 5:  School resumes for students in Boise School District.

January 14, 15, 16:  Secondary end of semester testing. Early release for students in grades 7-12.  

January 16:  End of first semester. Early release for students in grades K-6.

January 19:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No school for students in Boise School District.  

Attend a Holiday Concert:  This time of year, the sights and sounds of the season come alive in your Boise Schools.  Plan now to attend one of many holiday concerts performed by our many talented student musicians and directed by our outstanding staff members.  For a complete list of elementary holiday concerts click here  and for a listing of secondary school holiday concerts click here.  Admission is free.

District Music Students Selected to Perform: Outstanding music students from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming have been selected to participate in one of the National Association for Music Education's 2015 All-Northwest performing groups.  Among the 1,000 musicians chosen are a number of music students from the Boise School District. Click here  for a complete list of District students selected to perform. NAfME All-Northwest high school bands, orchestras and choirs will perform in Spokane February 12-15.

Riverside Wins Girls City Basketball Championship: 
Fifth and sixth grade students from Riverside Elementary School and Trail Wind Elementary School recently competed in the City Championship Girls Basketball game. Riverside won the game by a score of 40 to 19.  Riverside was coached by John Bale, Brenley Box and Jason Shanks (pictured back row, left to right). 

Borah/Dennis Center Student Receives Large Scholarship:  Joey Whipple, Senior at Borah High School and the Dennis Technical Education Center, has been accepted to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and received a $44,000 scholarship due to his level of commitment to academics, community service, and leadership. 


Shadow Hills Student Takes First Place in Punt, Pass & Kick Competition: Shadow Hills Elementary School 6th grade student Bre Norris (pictured) recently took First Place in the local and sectional Punt, Pass & Kick competition. Bre will now compete in Seattle on December 13th for the Seahawks Team Competition and attend the Seahawks game on December 14th. This will be Bre's 5th trip to
Seattle for the Team Competition.

Schedule Set for Selection of New Trustee:  Boise School District has announced the schedule for the selection of a new Trustee to fill a seat recently vacated.   The term of this appointment will be to fulfill the six year term of Joan Boren, which will expire on September 6, 2016. Applications are available on the District website (www. or in the Clerk's office at 8169 W. Victory Road, Boise.  Click here for more information. 

STEM Degrees - Highest Percentage Among Boise College Grads - and Climbing:  Science, technology, engineering and math - "STEM" disciplines - are becoming increasingly popular with college-bound graduates in Boise. Boise School District Dr. Don Coberly analyzes how STEM degrees are growing in popularity in Boise and also takes an in depth look at the degrees obtained and from where. Click here to read more.  

iCivics Offers Content Connections & Civic Education Through Engaging Games:  In order to understand how we can be a digital citizen in an online space, we first must understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and her iCivics team have provided a free, engaging and interactive website, that can provide valuable resources to support this goal! Click here to read more in this week's Activate 2 Learn blog post.

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

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.  

Parents:  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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