What's Happening in Boise School District
March 16: Click here to review a list of classes beginning the final week of Community Education's winter session. Register up to the day a class begins! Mark your calendar: Spring Community Education online registration begins Sunday, April 5th with spring session running April 27th through May 21st.
March 16: The public is invited to meet winning young inventors from the Invent Idaho State Finals who will have their creative inventions on display at the Idaho State Capitol Building from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A number of Boise District students will be on hand and have their entries on display. The public may meet some of these young inventors in person between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Rotunda.
March 18: In memory of Boise High graduate Michael Patrick Campbell who tragically died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in 2011 and others in Idaho who have lost their lives to overdose and to raise public awareness, The Rx Epidemic Memorial - a traveling memorial event, will be in the Boise High Quad from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The exhibit is an interactive work of art comprised of empty prescription bottles containing photos of loved ones who lost their life to overdose with a sentiment written by their family or friends.
March 18: The Night of Writing, North Junior High School cafeteria, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., provides students an opportunity to read a piece of literature they care about in front of a large audience. North Language Arts Teacher Andrew Porter began the event in 2008 with 8 students and it's since grown to include over 40 students participating this year. "The human rights piece of this revolves around the idea of using one's voice to effect change in the world, on small and large scale, as well as simply seeing the world through someone else's lens for a few minutes," explained Porter. "Students always walk away from this event saying things like 'I never knew someone else felt this way.'"
March 20: Boise High students from the Character Education Club and AVID will partner to produce a Wellness Summit from 9:45 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. in the school's main building featuring student-led presentations on topics such as teenage anxiety, why sleep is good for your brain, healthy communities, mindfulness, healthy eating, mental health through music, body image, happiness, and many more! Boise High hopes to use this model for future summits which empower students to be the teacher. Contact Counselor Jason Adams at 854-4284 for more information.
March 20: End of third quarter. Early release for students in grades K-6. Click here for early release schedule.
March 23-27: Spring break. No school for students in Boise School District.
Timberline Senior Lands on the TEDx Talk Stage: Timberline High School senior Kate Simonds' message of creative collaboration between adults and students is now being delivered on a national stage after she was selected to speak with TEDx Talk in January. Click here to learn more.
Amity Students Visit Residential Care Center: 6th grade students from Amity Elementary recently visited Spring Creek Assisted Living Center to read Dr. Seuss books to the residents. One student, on her own, decided to use paper and pen to communicate to a hard of hearing resident. They were having a fun conversation, too! Another two students were told by a resident that they were the most wonderful two boys and that she wanted to adopt them both. One resident didn't have many people that were able to talk with her but two Amity students spoke her language. It not only made the resident's day, but also the nurses', for her to have someone to talk with in her own language. The discussion after this trip was insightful. "These 6th graders were thinking about their influence on others," said Teacher Cassie Ward. Click here to see photos taken of this special visit.
FIRST Robotics Team Competing at Utah Regional: Boise District's FIRST Robotics Team is currently competing in the Utah Regional competition. The District's team is #2122 also known as Team Tators. Click here to view the competition schedule. Click here to watch the team compete "live." About two-thirds of the Boise District team is comprised of current or former TVMSC students. Students on the team also attend from Capital High, Boise High, Borah High, Timberline and Bishop Kelly. There are also a few younger students from Boise District junior highs, including Riverglen, North, West and East. Pictured is the robot built and programmed by the team to stack plastic bins and large trash cans. It is hoped the robot can move on to the World Championships in April.
Owyhee NASA Rover Teams to Compete in State Competition: Owyhee Harbor Elementary School Science Teacher Yoli Gonzales recently received confirmation that Owyhee's NASA Rover teams were accepted to compete in Twin Falls on April 18th in the Idaho Tech NASA Rover Competition. Teams of students and volunteer parents have been busy meeting 3 or more hours a week, giving up recess time, staying after school and even meeting on Saturdays (see photo) preparing for the competition. Learn more here.
Owyhee Accepting Open Enrollment Applications for 2015-16: Owyhee Harbor Elementary School is accepting open enrollment applications. Do you want your child to attend Owyhee next year and you don't live in Owyhee's attendance area? If you have a kindergarten student you must register at your neighborhood elementary school and also complete an Open Enrollment Application and be approved to attend Owyhee next year. If you live in Owyhee's attendance area you do not need to complete open enrollment paperwork and your child has first preference for enrollment at Owyhee.
Boise Legislator Wins $5,000 for Whittier: Idaho State Representative Mat Erpelding (District 19) recently won a competition to track five weeks of physical activity and healthy eating among lawmakers, as part of the High Five Mt. Everest Challenge, a statewide effort to fight childhood obesity. Winners of the competition were given the opportunity to donate $5,000 to an elementary school of their choice and Representative Erpelding selected Whittier Elementary.
Summer Learning Opportunities: The Boise District offers a wide variety of summer school classes for students to enhance their educational experiences. The District offers remediation assistance for elementary students in math, language and reading. Contact your elementary school for more information. Secondary students have the opportunity to take core classes for credit. Click here or on the adjacent image 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.
Taking Your Library & Digital Resources Home with You!: Librarians are truly the best resource in a school library as they serve to listen, guide and challenge students, teachers and staff! Helping connect students to treasured books, sharing research strategies, and supporting with digital and analog workflows are just a few of the gifts that librarians offer during the school day. Did you know that the Boise School District Library Portal for students and families is free and available to use 24/7? Click here
to learn more in this week's Activate 2 Learn blogpost.
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.