What's Happening in Boise School District
Boise School Board meeting, 6 p.m., Boise District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Road, Boise. Some of the agenda items include: Presentation of Red Apple Award to Barbara Smith, 1st Grade Teacher, Adams Elementary School; Presentation of Golden Apple Award to Mary Westerlund, English Language Learner Tutor, Lowell Elementary School; Budget Development Schedule; Boise Public Schools Education Foundation Presentation; Safety Busing Changes; and Special Education Manual Approval. Click here
to review complete agenda. Public is invited to attend.
March 9: Community Education's Winter Session continues with a wide variety of classes to enrich your life. Click here to review The Week Ahead With Community Ed. Register up to the day a class begins!
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 or on the adjacent image to learn more. On a side note, students enrolled in the District's Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program at the Dennis Technical Education Center (see adjacent photo), will be on hand during Kindergarten Registration to help take weight and height measurements of incoming K students. In the CNA program, students have the opportunity to earn college credits and an Assistance with Medication Certification.
TVMSC Students Advance to National High School Science Bowl: U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced earlier this week that a team of high school students from Boise's Treasure Valley Mathematics & Science Center won their regional competition for the 2015 National Science Bowl� (NSB) this past weekend and are advancing to compete at the National Finals in Washington, D.C., in April. Boise High came in 2nd, West Jr. High tied for 4th, and Borah High and Timberline High tied for 8th. The winning TVMSC team is pictured, left to right, Omar Huq, Aditya Shekar, Matthew Mitchell, Ryan Zubery, Hariank Mistry and Cecilie Cadei (coach). TVMSC teacher, Julie Ekhoff (not pictured) is the co-coach. Click here to learn more.
Boise District Educator Attends First Face-To-Face Meeting of the Lilead Fellows Program: Boise District Consulting Librarian Erin Downey recently met with Lilead Fellows in Chicago to collaborate on transformational projects for the Boise District. This meeting allowed Erin to work together with other district supervisors to create a goal for Boise School District's school library program that better aligns the school library vision with the overarching Vision and Goals of the District. Click here to learn more.
Trail Wind Elementary Boys Win City Basketball Championship: On February 26th, the Elementary Boys Basketball City Championship Game was held with Trail Wind Elementary School taking on Hidden Springs Elementary School. The final score was Trail Wind 57 and Hidden Springs 48. The Trail Wind team, made up of 5th and 6th grade students, is pictured with Head Coach Kevin Shepherdson (right) and Assistant Coach Mike Martin.
Capital High Coach Named National Finalist: Capital High School Head Boys Basketball Coach Paul Rush has been named a finalist for the Double-Goal Coaching Award from Positive Coaching Alliance. A total of 2,100 nominations were received nationwide and Rush is now one of 75 finalists for this distinguished award to honor coaches who build a positive, character-building youth sports experience. A total of 25 national winners will be announced on March 10th. Click here to learn more.
Attention Capital High Alumni & Students - Special 50th Anniversary Yearbook on Sale Now: Capital High School commemorates 50 years of educational excellence this year. In celebration of this special milestone the school is publishing a special 50th edition Talon Yearbook. Click here or on the adjacent image to learn more on how to purchase your copy today. In addition, the school is inviting all Capital alumni to attend the school's 11th Annual Academic Assembly in the Capital main gymnasium on April 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to help celebrate Capital's 50th Anniversary.
Drones Visit Dennis Tech Center Students: The Army National Guard recently paid a visit to the Dennis Technical Education Center, bringing with them two drones - the Raven and the Shadow. These drones are known as UAV's - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The Raven is a smaller drone and weighs only 4.4 lbs., while the Shadow is much larger, weighing in at about 476 lbs. (see photo). The Raven is battery operated, so it doesn't last as long as the Shadow, which is fuel operated. The Shadow can fly higher, faster and longer than the Raven.
Boise Students Help Celebrate Inaugural Idaho Day: Boise District students helped mark March 4, 2015 as the first official year of celebration of Idaho Day. Celebration activities included Governor Otter reading a proclamation (see photo) and taking part in a group selfie with District students, student performances, and arts and cultural presentations. Governor Otter is pictured with Adams Elementary Choir students. Click here to view some of the other Idaho Day photos.
The Curious Case of Kindergarten Enrollment and the Recession: In this week's Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly analyzes how the recent economic downturn has affected kindergarten enrollment in the District. 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.
Create and Collaborate with Google Apps for Education:
Two Digital Learning Celebrations, Digital Learning Day 2015 and National Pi Day are coming up next week!
The Alliance for Excellent Education hosts Digital Learning Day 2015
on March 13th! Teachers and students from around the nation and beyond will have an opportunity to share projects and events while learning from each other. Click here to learn more in this week's Activate 2 Learn blogpost.
CDHD to Offer Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) Vaccine to Children & Adults During Upcoming Clinic:
Central District Health has a limited number of adult MMR doses still available and is offering MMR appointments on Monday, March 9th at their Boise office (707 N. Armstrong Place, Boise). Appointments will be available from 11 a.m. to approximately 6:30 p.m. CDHD will also offer appointments throughout the week for those unable to come in on March 9th. Please call 327-7450 to make an appointment at the Boise clinic. CDHD provides all types of vaccines year-round to children ages 0-18. Anyone needing to get their child caught up on the MMR vaccine or any others, can call to make an appointment. More details are available on the Central District Health Department website here
. MMR vaccinations are also available at many of the following locations: Costco, Walmart, Walgreens, Primary Health on State Street in Boise, Unity Health in Meridian, Rite-Aid and Fred Meyer (call ahead to confirm vaccine availability).
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.