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September 28:  At 1:23 p.m. at Borah High School, Mr. Hiroshi Furusawa, Consul General of Japan in Portland, Oregon, will personally visit Borah and bestow a commendation to the school in recognition and support of Borah's  Japanese Language Education Program and all of the benefits it brings. The Japanese government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs places great importance on the development of Japanese language programs around the world.  "We are committed to recognizing and supporting the study of the Japanese language as one of the best and most powerful ways to create mutual understanding and respect between our two nations,"  said Robert Hirai, Honorary Consul of Japan in Idaho. "Consul General Furusawa plans to make a presentation to Borah's Principal, Tim Standlee, visit a Japanese Language classroom and talk to students .  The visit will last between 30 and 40 minutes. News media representatives are invited to attend.  For further information, contact Sheila Miller, Borah High School, Department Head/Teacher, Japanese & Spanish, 208.854.4441

September 28:  Fall Community Education session continues this week with many new, exciting and affordable lifelong learning classes beginning. Click here to review a list of classes. Click here to register. You can even register up to the day a class begins!  

October 1 & 2:  State In-Service Days. No school for Boise School District students.

October 19:  Boise National College Fair, Expo Idaho, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Parents and their students are encouraged to attend.  Representatives from colleges and universities from throughout the nation will be available. Informational seminars will also be held offering information on applying for college, financial aide and applying for scholarships. Boise National College Fair is a free event.  Click here  to learn more.   

October 23:  End of first quarter. Early release for K-6 students. Click here for early release schedule.   

Capital High School Senior Named Miss Teen Idaho: Katherine Pekuri, a senior at Capital High School, was selected Miss Teen Idaho during the Miss Teen Idaho pageant held at Boise
Katherine Pekuri
State University on Saturday, September 19, 2015.  Katherine will now compete at Miss Teen USA 2016, where she hopes to be crowned by the reigning Miss Teen USA Katherine Haik from Louisiana. 

Growing up in a special needs household, Katherine has been involved in the special needs community her entire life. Through her involvement she has also contributed to an organization known as Camp Rainbow Gold for cancer patients and siblings. She is a member of the National Honor Society, and now as a senior maintains a 3.9 GPA. Katherine has spent the past 4 years working at her local mountain as a Ski Instructor, teaching and learning from the 3-6 year olds. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, skiing and cheering on her Capital High School Eagles. Click here to learn more or watch the crowning ceremony by clicking on the above video image.  
Gabriella Simpson
Also during the Miss Teen Idaho ceremony, Boise High School junior Gabriella Simpson was named most photogenic in the competition and was selected third runner-up in the pageant.  

Fall Parent Education Program Set to Begin: Boise School District offers a parent education program to assist parents or guardians with raising happy and responsible kids. Classes are offered throughout the District's schools at different start times during the semester and are taught by certified school counselors who have extensive training and experience. Parent education classes are available twice a year, fall and spring. There is a small cost. Classes offered change, but may include: The Parent Project; Parenting Teens; Strengthening Your Step Family; Parenting for the Single Parent; Parenting with Love and Logic; Workshops for Parents of Gifted Children; Drug Education and others. Click here to learn more.  

Homework Resources & Learning Contests to Kick off October with Success!:  As October approaches, school and homework routines are being put into place or reestablished and students and families might be looking for additional resources to support their learning, research and homework assignments. In this week's Activate 2 Learn blogpost, learn about a number of websites that can help your student succeed.  Click here for more information.  

This and That for September:  In his latest Data Points blog post, Boise District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly examines a few interesting and noteworthy education-related posts from around the web in the past month, including student college debt and default rates, the City Club of Boise's recent presentation on preschool and Seattle teachers' recent tentative negotiations agreement. Data Points is dedicated to providing student achievement and education trend analysis and is intended for parents and patrons interested in an objective, data-driven look at student performance in Boise and across Idaho. Click here to read more.

Planning For My Future Art Contest:  Public school students in grades 7-12 are eligible to participate in the Idaho State Department of Education's Planing For My Future Art Contest. Students who participate are encouraged to capture their personal vision of what it means for schools and students to achieve, and to visualize their college or career goals for the future showing persistence, determination and grit.  Click here for contest details.  

Now Hiring:  Boise School District has a number of positions open at this time.  FIRST Student, the District's bus provider, is currently hiring. Click here for more information. The District's Food and Nutrition Program is also hiring. Click here  for information. In addition, click here to review other District job openings, including openings for custodial staff, Just for Kids Childcare Program job openings and other positions.

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.

Annual Asbestos Notification:  Asbestos is an issue that Boise School District's Facilities and Operations Department has been actively managing for years.  The Boise School District will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure children and employees are provided with a safe and healthy environment. To learn more, click here to read the District's Annual Asbestos Notification.  

News Media Contact:
Dan Hollar
Public Affairs Administrator
Boise School District  
(208) 854-4064
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