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What's Happening in Boise School District

January 26:  Community Education's Winter Session begins. Session runs Jan. 26 - March 19.  Register up to the day a class begins. 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 to learn more.

January 30:  Invent Idaho competition.  A total of 150 students from across the Boise District will gather at the District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise from 7 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to compete in this annual competition. Invent Idaho is the premier student invention program in the Northwest, having provided a forum for thousands of young inventors in grades one through eight since its inception in 1989. During the Boise District's Invent Idaho competition, the top 45 entries will go on to the regional competition. Altogether, over 500 District students participated in this year's Invent Idaho competition.  News media representatives are invited to cover this event; best time for news media to cover the competition is between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., or 3:30 p.m.  Click here to learn more.  

March 12: Kindergarten students new to the District for the 2015-16 school year are encouraged to attend the District's annual Kindergarten Registration/Open House on Thursday, March 12th. Click here to learn more. 

District Students Recognized in Recipe Contest:  A recipe for chicken fried rice submitted by Sam Grover, a 1st grader at Liberty Elementary School, (pictured far right) was named the winner of the school lunch recipe contest hosted by the Boise School District and Let's Move Boise.


An eight-member panel of children and adults judged four recipes in the finals of the first-ever competition. The judges evaluated the taste of each recipe, use of local ingredients and other criteria during a program Wednesday, Jan. 21 in the Shadow Hills Elementary School Cafeteria, 8301 W. Sloan St., Boise


The other finalists include:

  • Sloan Richey - 1st Grade, Pierce Park Elementary School, Harvest Yogurt Parfait (2nd place), (pictured far left); 
  • Tavia Calhoun (pictured second from right) and Serenity Calhoun (pictured second from left)- 4th & 3rd Grades, White Pine Elementary School, Taco Pasta (3rd place), (pictured 
  • Isabella Zufelt - 4th Grade, Shadow Hills Elementary School, Yam Bake (4th place), (pictured third from left). Finalists are pictured with Chef Brenda
    Registered Dietitian and Chef whose passion is creating healthy foods that are not only high in nutrients, but also taste delicious.  
Click here for more information. 

BHS Girls Basketball Team Raises Funds for Cancer Research:  On January 10th, the Boise High Girls Basketball Program hosted their 7th Annual Pink Zone game which raises funds and awareness for breast cancer research.  Leading up to the event, the Lady Braves worked to sell raffle tickets to raise money for this important cause.  Their efforts resulted in a donation of $1,571 towards the local chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  To date, the girls basketball program has raised well over $8,000 through this yearly event.   


District Educators Selected to Attend National Science Conference: Three Boise District educators have been chosen by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to be part of a special cohort that will present to science teachers across the nation about the ways to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards in elementary classrooms.  The NSTA will be sending two Boise District teachers and one District administrator to Chicago for the National Science Conference on March 11-14. The Boise educators chosen are Jennifer Jarvis, 5th grade teacher, Mountain View Elementary School; Carrie Naglak, 4th grade teacher, Whitney Elementary School; and Chris Taylor, District Science Supervisor.  

Jennifer Jarvis
 5th Grade Teacher
Mountain View Elementary School

Carrie Naglak 
4th Grade Teacher 
Whitney Elementary School

Chris Taylor
 Science Supervisor 
Boise School District

South Junior High School Earns City Championship:  South Junior High School's ninth grade girls basketball team won the city championship for the second straight year. The Championship game was held on January 13th against Les Bois Jr. High .  South trailed Les Bois at halftime and came back to win 27 to 19. South is coached by Cotton Ward.  


STEM Opportunity Available for High School Students: Here's an opportunity for students who may be interested in attending a military academy after high school  and interested in STEM careers.  Each summer, the Society of American Military Engineers, in collaboration with the Military Components, sponsors a series of four engineering/STEM camps designed for high school students who excel in math, science and technical courses and are interested in pursuing engineering in college. Click here to learn more.   


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.   

Here Comes the SBAC ISAT 2.0:  In this week's Data Points blog post, Dr. Don Coberly, Superintendent, Boise School District, takes a closer look at the SBAC test, now referred to as ISAT 2.0, a moniker sure to confuse parents and media as we head into the first "real" administration this spring of the new Common Core - based assessments in math and reading.  Data Points is dedicated to providing student achievement and education trend analysis and is available  here or click on the above 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. 
Helping Students Choose Online Resources to Support Their Learning Objectives:  How do you select an online resource to support a learning objective? With so many educational blogs, games, interactive sites and databases, where do you begin? For answers check out this week's Active 2 Learn blog post here.

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.


News Media Contact:


Dan Hollar

Public Affairs Administrator

Boise School District  

(208) 854-4064

[email protected]    


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