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What's Happening in Boise School District

February 9:  Boise School Board meeting, 6 p.m., Board room, Boise School District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise. Public is invited to attend. Some of the agenda items include presentation of Red Apple Award to Joel Westrick, World Studies Teacher, North Jr. High; Golden Apple Award to Terry Lingle, Registrar, East Jr. High School; Trustee Election Review Results and Recommendations; Procedure for Filling Vacant Board Seats; and Monthly Enrollment Report. Click here to review complete agenda. 

February 9:  Community Education's Winter Session continues with a wide variety of classes from which to choose. Click here to review The Week Ahead With Community Ed.  Register up to the day a class begins! With more than 300 lifelong learning classes, including courses in business and finance, arts and crafts, culinary arts, landscaping, music, dance, travel, health and fitness, there's something for everyone! 

February 9-13:  In recognition of National FCCLA Week, which celebrates the 70th anniversary of the program, Fairmont Junior High School (2121 N. Cole Rd.) will participate in a schedule of week long activities. This includes a media blitz on Monday, Feb. 9 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. in Room 31 to showcase how students are benefiting from participating in FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America).  Monday's celebration includes a showcase of the National Program "FCCLA@theTable" where a nutritious breakfast is prepared and served by FCCLA members and a sharing of the leadership opportunities through FCCLA.  Larry Gebert and News Channel 7 will be there to cover the event.  


February 10:  First Annual Boise School District "Speed Day".  Nearly 200 junior high school students will compete in the first ever "Speed Day" event at South Junior High School (3101 W. Cassia St., Boise), beginning at 8:45 a.m.  Ninth grade students will put their newly acquired STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills to the test by racing C02 powered dragster cars. Students from each District junior high school will compete against each other until the final 16 cars go head to head in the final competition. "Our students go through many, many iterations of the engineering design process in this one project alone," explained Warren Hull, Technology Teacher, South Jr. High.  " It's not about the races themselves, but about the engineering, math, etc. that went into each competitors' final product." News media are invited to cover this competition. Contact Warren Hull at 841-4086 or [email protected] or click here for more information.  


February 11: Borah High School, in partnership with the Log Cabin Literary Center, will host internationally famous author Markus Zusak in the Borah auditorium from 12:40 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Zusak's novel The Book Thief has been wildly popular with District students, as well as with community readers. The story opened as a major motion picture in 2013. Zuzak will speak to students from Borah and West and South junior high schools. More than 700 students are expected to be in the audience. 


February 16:  Presidents' Day - No school for Boise School District students.  



February 21:   The Capital High School Benefit Concert featuring Curtis Stigers will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Capital High School Auditorium, 8055 W. Goddard Rd., Boise. It will be a night full of great music and fun for everyone in your family.  Curtis Stigers is the headlining artist for the night. Capital Jazz groups will be opening for him. Curtis Stigers is Idaho's own Emmy-nominated singer, songwriter, saxophonist, guitarist, and Capital High School graduate. Stigers is a platinum-selling recording artist and the co-writer and singer of FX TV's "Sons of Anarchy" theme song. Tickets are $15 presale, and $20 if purchased at the door. For more info and to buy tickets call Capital High Director of Choirs Benji Simmonds at 854-4575.

February 26:  Treasure Valley Math & Science Center 2015-16 Applicant orientation night, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Click here for more information. 

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. 

Treasure Valley Math and Science Center Advances to National Science Bowl Finals:  On Saturday, January 31, the Regional Middle School Science Bowl Competition was held at Boise State University's College of Engineering building. Teams from across the region competed on behalf of their schools.  In the final rounds, TVMSC's Team A won against TVMSC Team B and will now represent this region at the National Middle School Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. April 30-May4.  Click here to learn more. 
From left to right: TVMSC students Calvin Probst, Tony Brar, Jay Mouli, Kevin Yang, Sarah Kessler; and Craig Daniels - Coach. Also included as Regional Science Bowl Coordinators and volunteers: Tony Baca (Hewlett Packard Attorney) and Mark Anderson (Design Engineer at PKG Engineering)

Boise High Student Named Gatorade Player of the Year: Boise High Senior Sophia Kallas has been named 2014-15 Gatorade Idaho Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Click here to learn more.  

Students Participate in Invent Idaho Competition:  A total of 150 students from across the Boise District recently competed in the annual Invent Idaho 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.  Click here to view photos from the competition.  

District Educator Receives State Awards:  Marita Diffenbaugh, Boise District K-12 Instructional Technology Manager, has received two awards from the Idaho Education Technology Association (IETA). Marita was named IETA 2015 Educator of the Year and she also received the IETA 2015 President's Award for integrating an instructional focus into technology for students and teachers. These awards were presented during the IETA's annual conference and come from mentors and colleagues that support learning through an ever growing professional learning network. Marita received the awards from Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra and State Department of Education Chief Technology Officer Will Goodman. 

TED-Ed Features Lesson from Hillside Jr. High Librarian:  TED-Ed has produced a video using a lesson from Hillside Jr. High Librarian Gregory Taylor. A teacher from back East, David Freeman, wrote the script and contributed the first half of the lesson about meter, while the iambic pentameter/pirate information originated from Taylor. Click on the adjacent image to view the video. 

East Junior High Students Help Those in Need: Some members of the East Jr. High National Jr. Honor Society recently collected donations from all of the East classes as part of an annual Giving Tree. East students then delivered 13 large boxes of donated items, including socks, gloves, hats and sweatpants to Whittier students.  The East students also met some of the Whittier students while they visited the school.  

South Junior High Students Earn Awards:  South's Future City Team (pictured with Physical Science Teacher Aaron McKinnon, left) recently competed in the regional competition with 26 other teams. Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where 6th, 7th and 8th grade students imagine, design and build cities of the future. South's 4 months of hard work was represented by an amazing model and presentation that earned the Most Creative Alternative Energy Design Award.  

Pierce Park & Roosevelt Elementary Schools Receive Fitness Grants:Pierce Park and Roosevelt elementary schools recently received news the schools have been selected to receive a Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant to jump start healthy nutrition and physical activity among students.  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.   

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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