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What's Happening in Boise School District

January 16:  Timberline Student to be Featured in First Ever Idaho TED Talks: Timberline senior, Kate Simonds, was selected to participate in the first Idaho TED Talks. Kate is the only high school student from Idaho participating. TED Talks is a global program featuring lectures 18 minutes or less on a broad range of topics, including science, business, and global issues. TED is a nonprofit started in 1994 that originally focused on technology, entertainment and design - hence the name - but has expanded its umbrella to encompass all "ideas worth spreading." The Idaho TED talks are at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 16 at the Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton Street, downtown Boise.  

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

January 20:  Parents and students are invited to attend an important educational event from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Capital High School's Auditorium (8055 W. Goddard Rd.) designed to teach participants about the dangers of social media. Click here  for more information.

January 21:   Student finalists in a recently held Boise School District Recipe Contest will gather at Shadow Hills Elementary School (8301 W. Sloan St.) to compete in the final competition. The recipe contest is designed to encourage students to eat healthy meals so they can perform their best in school and in life. Click here to learn more. News media representatives are invited to attend. 

January 23:  Boise High will induct some amazing citizens into the school's Hall of Fame during a 7:00 p.m. reception in the school's library.  A public recognition will then follow that night during half-time (approximately 8:15 p.m.) of the Nampa/Boise boys basketball game.  The following Boise High graduates will be inducted into the school's High Hall of Fame:

  • Lucille Eason, 1933 BHS graduate, who is featured as the back of the letter "E" in the adjacent Boise photo; she will turn 100 years old in a couple of weeks; 
  • Dr. Gary Bennett, 1958 BHS graduate, NASA Physicist;
  • Stephanie Reents, 1988 BHS graduate, Author; 
  • Jim Messina;  1988 BHS graduate, Deputy Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager for President Obama;
  • Dr. Merle Wells, 1937 BHS graduate, Idaho Historian; and 
  • Edgar Jensen, 1943 BHS graduate, WWII POW and Boise Architect.
Lucille Eason and Dr. Bennett will be in attendance. Edgar Jensen, who passed away three years ago, will be represented by his daughter, Roxann Jensen and Merle Wells, who also passed away a number of years ago, will be represented by his personal assistant, Judy Austin. Stephanie Reents' parents will attend, and efforts are underway to contact Jim Messina's mom.  

January 24:  From 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Fairmont Junior High School, 2121 N. Cole Rd., you can donate: computers, cell phones, VCR players, DVD players, printers monitors, and all of those electronic cords that go with them-whether you have the electronic items or not. Donations will benefit Computers for Kids. 
January 26:  Community Education's Winter Session begins. Register up to the day a class begins.  Session runs Jan. 26 - March 19.  Choose from more than 300 lifelong learning classes, including courses in business and finance, arts and crafts, culinary arts, landscaping, music, dance, travel, health and fitness, and many, many more!  Beat the winter blues by learning something new with Community Ed! Click here to register.  

January 27:  The Dennis Technical Education Center will host its annual Rigs and Gigs Event from 8:20 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  Ninth grade students from across the Boise District have been invited to interact with professional-technical program areas that they can enroll in for their sophomore year.  The Idaho Department of Labor and Boise School District sponsor this event. 

January 29:  Open House, Dennis Technical Education Center, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 8201 W. Victory Rd., Boise, for current and future students and their families. All students interested in professional-technical programs are encouraged to attend. Click here for more information.  

Timberline High Music Educator Receives National Recognition:  Jose Rodriguez, Timberline High Band Director, is featured in School Band and Orchestra magazine's just-released seventeenth-annual report entitled, 50 Directors Who Make a Difference, which recognizes one great music educator in each of the 50 states every year. Click here to learn more.




High School Jazz Programs Recognized: All four of Boise District's traditional high schools (Boise, Borah, Capital and Timberline) received superior ratings in the recently held District III Jazz Festival held at Capital High School.   



Students Participate in Kindness Campaign: In December, Victory Academy students, as part of a kindness campaign at the school, designed and implemented a project called "Sandwich and Smile."   For the project students made 110 sack lunches that were delivered by students to the less fortunate at Corpus Christi Day Center.  Each lunch included a handwritten inspirational quote, a sandwich, chips, cookie, and fruit.  Food for the lunches was donated by Albertsons, Sara Lee (Steve Page) and Victory Academy students and staff.    Victory Academy is an alternative school that serves students seeking high school credit or a GED.  


Teach, Lead, Inspire in Boise Schools!:  Boise School District will hold a certified applicant orientation on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the District Services Center, located at 8169 W. Victory Rd. Boise. The Orientation is designed to help new applicants understand the District's certified application and hiring process. We encourage student teachers and new applicants interested in working for the Boise School District to attend. Click here to learn more and RSVP.   

STEM Exploration Resources:  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning not only serves as an integration of subject areas, but also facilitates learning through experience. Asking questions, gathering supporting evidence, participating in discussions, designing and creating can all be included in this kind of inquiry-based learning.  Check out this week's Active 2 Learn blog post to learn more about STEM Exploration resources in our community and online! Click here to read more.

Board Selects David Wagers to Fill Vacancy:  During its regularly scheduled monthly Board meeting held on Monday, January 12th, the Board of Trustees of the Boise School District selected David Wagers to fill a vacancy on the Board. Click here to learn more.  

Winter Weather Procedures:   When winter weather strikes, the Boise School District has a plan to keep students safe. Our winter weather procedures begin the night before a storm hits and we consult with a variety of organizations in determining how winter weather impacts our school operations. You can do your part by making sure you are prepared for inclement weather. Learn more by clicking here or click on the adjacent image to view a brief video explaining our procedures. 

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.

Idaho Teen Driving Program Focused on Saving Lives: The aim of Idaho Teen Driving is to improve the practice of safe driving among Idaho's young adults, as well as to provide an avenue for learning for safe driving skills.  Click here to learn more.  



News Media Contact:


Dan Hollar

Public Affairs Administrator

Boise School District  

(208) 854-4064

[email protected]    


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