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What's Happening in Boise School District

May 4 - 8:  Click here to review and register for Community Education classes beginning this week.

May 4 - 8:  Teacher Appreciation Week. Teachers play a key role in student success and sometimes a simple "thanks" is all a teacher needs to feel valued. Take the time to celebrate your students' teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8.  Here are three great ways to thank your teachers:
  • Show your support for the tremendous work teachers do by volunteering in your students' classrooms.
  • Tell us on Facebook and Twitter how you thank your students' teachers in the #ThankATeacherBSD
  • Make a tax deductible Thank-A-Teacher donation to your teacher's classroom.
May 6:  Deadline for Boise Parks and Recreation's Annual All City Track Meet. Click here to learn more.

May 6:  Victory Academy students worked with Printmaker Amy Nack and Poets Kerri Webster and Daniel Stewart to create Ethiopian scrolls inspired by original poetry.   This project, titled Panoply, will be exhibited at The Cabin through May.  An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, May 6th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Click here and here to learn more. 

May 8:  South Jr. High will host the 6th annual Dodge Ball tournament for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  All money raised will help a student's wish come true. This student is facing a life threatening illness.  There will be raffle prizes.  The cost is $5 at the door and admission includes a free pasta dinner.  Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. for dinner and the tournament will begin at 6:15 p.m.  This is a community event and everyone is welcome.

May 11:  Boise School Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m., District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise. Agenda will be posted here.  Public is invited to attend.  

May 13:  STEP graduation ceremony at Ft. Boise Senior Center, 8:30 a.m.

May 15:  White Pine Elementary School Carnival, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Click here  for more information.

May 17:  2nd Annual Catalpa Quartet Benefit Concert, Morrison Center Recital Hall (Room C-200), 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Four 8th grade students at North Junior High formed the Catalpa Quartet to raise funds for instrument repair at low-income elementary schools in the Boise District. Drawing upon their personal love of music, the Quartet aims to help others realize the same positive benefits that a musical education can provide, i.e. focus, memory, collaboration, and active listening. To date, the Catalpa Quartet has raised $6,100 for the repair of instruments at Title I elementary schools. Please join us in "changing lives one note at a time," by attending this year's Benefit Concert. The concert is free but donations will be accepted.

May 20:  Marian Pritchett School graduation ceremony at Timberline High School, 6:30 p.m.

May 20:  Cynthia Mann Elementary School 25th Anniversary Celebration. Click here to learn more.  

May 21:  Frank Church High School graduation ceremony at Morrison Center, 7:00 p.m.

May 25:  Memorial Day Holiday. No school for Boise School District students.

May 26:  Boise High School graduation ceremony, Taco Bell Arena, 7:00 p.m. Live streaming of the ceremony will be provided here

May 27:  Capital High School graduation ceremony, Taco Bell Arena, 7:00 p.m.  Live streaming of the ceremony will be provided here.  

May 28: Timberline High School graduation ceremony, Taco Bell Arena, 7:00 p.m. Live streaming of the ceremony will be provided here.   

May 29:  Borah High High School graduation ceremony, Taco Bell Arena, 7:00 p.m. Live streaming of the ceremony will be provided here.  

May 29 & June 1-2:  Secondary end of semester testing. Early release grades 7-12. Click here for early release schedule.  

June 2:  Last day of school. Early release K-12. Click here for early release schedule.  

Borah and Timberline High Students Win Journalism Awards:  Journalism students at Borah and Timberline High Schools walked away big winners at this year's Media Network Idaho-Sponsored High School Communications Contest.  All first place winners (Borah had 4) move on to the national competition pool, and were awarded a certificate and $25 for their state first place honor. Also, senior Monica Alder (pictured) won a national award from Quill and Scroll in Editorial Cartooning.  She is, in turn, eligible for a $500 scholarship.   Monica was also one of the first place winners in the MNI contest (so her work is being considered for another national award). Click here for complete contest results and click here to learn more about Alder's national award.  

Free STEM Workshop for Students:  Join us at Hidden Springs Elementary (on August 4th) or Whitney Elementary  (on August 5th) for a FREE workshop incorporating women from the local STEM fields in Boise. Girls going into grades 4-6 will be offered a chance to participate in two breakout sessions featuring an activity related to a specific STEM career. Following the breakout sessions a complimentary lunch and round-table discussion with the STEM representatives will be provided. Registration is limited to the first 50 students at each location.Click here to register.  

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. 

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.  

Hillside Librarian Selected:  Hillside Junior High School Librarian Gregory Taylor  is one of nine librarians from across the country who has been selected for the Morris Award selection committee. The Morris Award is given by YALSA, the young adult division of the American Library Association. Click here to learn more.  

Boise High Educators to Present at National Conference: Boise High School's Heather Marr, AP English Literature & Composition Teacher, and David Chehey, Counselor and AP Coordinator, have both been selected to present at CollegeBoard's AP Annual Conference this summer in Austin, TX. Mrs. Marr's session is titled "Cell Phones Can Be Your Friend: Using Google Community to Foster Critical Reading and Productive Technology Use in AP Literature," while Mr. Chehey will co-present "Round 'em Up: Taking AP Score Reports to the Next Level." Mr. Chehey, along with a colleague from The Harker School in San Jose, delivered this session at APAC in Philadelphia last July, as well as at CollegeBoard's Western Regional Forum in Newport Beach, CA, this past February.

Horizon Educators Selected:  Dr. Mary McGuire, Reading Specialist (pictured left) at Horizon and Dr. Lori Conlon-Khan, Horizon Music Specialist (pictured right), have been chosen to present two sessions on their research, Reading With Rhythm, at the National American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA) Conference in San Diego November 11-14, 2015. Their proposal was selected from among hundreds submitted and is focused on using musical activities, particularly steady beat and pitch-matching, along with some out-of-the-box reading intervention strategies, to assist struggling readers in grades K-4. 

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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