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What's Happening in Boise School District

April 24:  The general public is invited to attend the official dedication of the new Music Park at Lowell Elementary School, 1507 N. 28th St., Boise, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the school's playground.  Lowell students, parents, staff, friends of the school and the community are invited to attend.  The opening ceremony will include a drumming circle and speeches. Special thanks go to the Lowell PTSA, the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation and the North End Neighborhood Association for making this Music Park possible. 

April 27:  Fairmont Junior High School, 2121 N. Cole Rd., will hold an Open House from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to celebrate the school's 50th Anniversary. The general public, former Fairmont students and staff, and friends of the school are invited to attend.  Refreshments will be served.

April 27:  Boise District's Spring Community Education session begins. Click here to review classes and register. Spring session runs April 27th through May 21st. Register up to the day a class begins.   For more than forty years, Community Education has served as Boise's first choice for lifelong learning opportunities.  Hundreds of affordable personal enrichment classes offered.  Register today! Hurry, classes fill quickly. Click the adjacent image to review our digital class catalog. 

May 1:  Twenty Idaho high school automotive students will compete in the 2015 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition at the College of Western Idaho in Nampa, where they will vie for hefty scholarships and the right to represent Idaho at the national finals of this prestigious event in June.  A team from Boise District's Dennis Professional Technical Education Center will compete. Click here to learn more. 

May 1:  School Lunch Hero Day. School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to 30 million of America's students each school day. Click here to learn more. 

May 1:  The general public is invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of the District's outstanding music students and staff at this year's Public School Gala Night event, to be held at Taco Bell Arena beginning at 7:30 p.m. This popular event is part of our community's annual Music Week festivities/performances. Click here to learn more. 

Boise, Borah, Capital and Timberline High Schools Again Nationally Ranked:  All four of Boise School District's traditional high schools are again listed among America's Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post. Boise District high schools represent 4 of the 9 Idaho high schools listed in the annual ranking.  Click here or on the adjacent image to learn more.  

Boise District FIRST Robotics Team Qualifies for World Competition: The Boise School District's FIRST Robotics team is currently participating in the World Championships scheduled for April 22-25 in St. Louis.  The team is ranked #14 in the world out of 3,000 teams. Click here to learn more.  

Boise Teens Celebrate Published Art
Boise Teens Celebrate Published Art
Boise District Students Featured in Literary Arts Publication:   More than 100 Boise School District students are featured in this year's Valley Visions literary arts magazine. An annual release party for the popular publication was held April 20th at the District Services Center. Click on the adjacent video image to watch an Idaho Education News story regarding the release and click here to review this year's Valley Visions publication.  To purchase printed copies contact David Archibald-Seiffer at [email protected] or Debbie Chojnacky at [email protected]The cost is $15.00 per copy. 

Left to Right: Trevor Davis, Lillie Zimmerman, Amber Hill, Alex Fackrell, Sarah Hardy and Ivy Ulrich.
Owyhee's "Gear Masters" Bring Home Trophy: Students from across Idaho recently competed in Idaho State University's Idaho Tech Mars NASA Rover Challenge in Twin Falls.   Every one of Owyhee's teams performed exceptionally well, including one of the 5th grade teams, The Gear Masters (pictured), that earned the highest score in the Rock Collection competition and brought home a trophy for Owyhee.  Click here to learn more.  

Boise Students Celebrate Earth Day at Hawthorne
Boise Students Celebrate Earth Day at Hawthorne
Hawthorne Students Celebrate Earth Day:  Hawthorne Elementary School students participated in Earth Day activities on April 22nd.  Students came away from the activities with a better appreciation for our planet. Click here to learn more or click on the adjacent video image to watch a video story regarding the Earth Day activities. 

Capital's Science Olympiad team (L to R): Jessica Liu, Grace Liu, Winston Lie, Ellie van Degraaff, Harrison Cole, Opeoluwa Abimbola, Henry Steenholk, Kyle Lenhart-Wees, Collin Heist, Matthew Mitchell, Nicholas Harmon.  Not Pictured: Caitryn Powell, Reggie Eyre Andrew Zhang and Henry Zhang.
Capital High School Science Olympiad Team Places 2nd Overall in State:   Capital High School's Science Olympiad Team placed second overall in the State Science Olympiad held at NNU on Saturday, April 11th.  A total of 13 students competed for Capital High in 14 different competitions and received many 1st place medals, including several 2nd and 3rd place finishes. The team earned medals in: Gold in Bridge Building, Cell Biology, Disease Detectives, GeoLogic Mapping, It's About Time, & Wright Stuff. They earned Silver medals in Dynamic Planet, Chem Lab, Bungee Drop, & Air Trajectory. They also took home Bronze in Forensics. Honorable Mentions include: Experimental Design, Fossils, & Green Generation.

Borah Student Wins Gold at State; qualifies to Compete at National Level:  Borah Sophomore Amber Siddoway (pictured) has qualified to compete at the national level in Washington, D.C. this July at the national FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America).  Amber used her love for art to create an original artwork using recycled materials.  She shared her project with 2 environmental science classes and they are currently working on their own recycled projects.  Amber's artwork was on display at Borah High School's Library for Earth Day.

Students Perform Well  at Annual SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference: A total of 50 students from the Boise District's Dennis Professional Technical Education Center recently competed in 20 different competitions at the annual SkillsUSA State Leadership Skills Conference. Click here for results.

Students Compete at BSU Economic Summit: A total of 50 teams from 3 schools participated in the recently held BSU Economic Summit. Timberline High School had 9 of the top 11 teams and won the following: High Income Winners-Czech Republic- Miranda Thompson, Taylor Bradley, Reagan Sullivan, and Alissa Leston. Middle Income Winners- Russia- Megan Pollard, Lisa Gray, Madison Crum, Karly Christenson. Low Income Winners- Belize- Andrea Falk, Thayne Dennison. Best Table Winners New Zealand-Victoria Green, Ahmi Lim, Stratton Marty and Egypt- Emily Norris, Vicky Arrendando, Cydney Hiekkila, and Karly Mayo. 
Best Costume- Team Morocco, Dominic Hall, Natalie Newton, Jazzmin Attchinson. 

Fairmont Junior High School Science Olympiad Teams placed 6th overall in the state: The Fairmont team earned several medals in individual events, including: Gold in Meteorology & Experimental Design, Silver in Can't Judge a Powder & Solar System, and Bronze in Anatomy/Physiology & Bio-Process Lab. Honorable Mentions include Road Scholar & RoboCross. They also won a new HP laser printer!

Timberline Takes 2nd at Tennis Invitational:  Timberline High School's varsity tennis team recently took 2nd place the Tri Cities Tennis Invitational in Washington State held this past weekend.    Girls #1 Doubles, Girls #2 Doubles and Boys #1 Singles all won their divisions. 

Roosevelt Elementary's Create! STEM Lab: Community volunteers and Roosevelt School staff have organized a before school club where students come to create with coding. Collaboration  and critical thinking skills are used as students work together with volunteers to make programs or solve problems. Currently there are two teams that gather each Wednesday, one uses Lightbot and the other ScratchThis club was inspired by a recent "Getting Started with Coding" class where elementary teachers had a chance to explore and collaborate about coding while making content connections, together!

High School Bands Hit High Note at Festival:  Last Friday, April 17, the Symphonic Bands from Timberline, Borah and Capital High Schools received "Superior" Ratings, the highest possible rating, at the Idaho District III Large Group Band Festival at Vallivue High School. 



Boise District Summer School Registration Now Underway: Attention junior high and high school students! If you're interested in accelerating in some of your core classes, improving your GPA, or freeing up space in your class schedules for next year, consider taking a Summer School Class. Classes run June and July 2015. The Secondary Summer School site will be located at Borah High School this summer. Classes for semester 1 are from June 8th - July 2nd. Classes for semester 2 are from July 6th - July 31st. Click here for information on courses and to register for classes, or visit your school counselor. The District also offers remediation assistance for elementary students in math, language and reading. Contact your elementary school for more information. Scarlett Randall 

Susan Wolfe
Scarlett Randall
Boise Educators to Present at National Conference:  Hawthorne Elementary School teachers Scarlett Randall and Susan Wolfe recently received word that their proposals have been selected from nearly 850 submissions and 260 slots to be presented at the 62nd Annual Convention of the National Association for Gifted Children in Phoenix, Arizona, November 12-15, 2015. Their presentations include Socratic Seminars: Addressing Common Core Standards; and Pure Genius! Sparking Student Creativity and Motivation in the Elementary

Collaborative Learning Opportunities for All: Education on Air & Of the People Video Series:  The month of May is around the corner and these collaborative learning opportunities, Education on Air and the Of the People Video Series are free and available for teachers, parents and students!  Participate in conversations and learn about resources that help answer the question, "how do we prepare our students for a future that is ever-changing" or join in a Space Day celebration by tuning in to a live broadcast from NASA's Goodard Space Flight Center! Click here to learn more in this week's Activate2Learn blogpost.  

Just for Kids Taking Summer Enrollment:  Just For Kids, Boise District's Child care program, is now enrolling for summer.  Click here for more information or call 854-6720.  

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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