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What's Happening in Boise School District

October 12:  Boise School Board meeting, 6:00 p.m., Board Room, Boise School District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise.  Public is invited to attend. Click here to review complete agenda.

October 12: 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 and click here to register. You can even register up to the day a class begins!   

October 12-16:  Boise School District cafeterias will recognize National School Lunch Week from October 12-16, 2015.  The theme, "School Lunch Snapshot" is all about emphasizing the healthy foods offered daily at our schools and sharing the best images of today's school lunches.   Click here  to learn more.  

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 aid 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.   

October 28:  Boise Schools is launching a new website on October 28 to strengthen communication to parents, students, staff and patrons. According to Dan Hollar, Public Affairs Administrator, "The District has worked closely with SharpSchool to design a clean, concise and student-focused website. We believe it will do a better job of supporting the culture and brand of Boise Schools, a public school system that is high performing and dedicated to preparing students for success in college, career and citizenship."

The new website design will allow you to find the information you are seeking quickly and easily, including teacher pages, school and classroom calendars, academic resources, menus and transportation routes. In addition, a News & Announcements section will be regularly updated to include important information about your Boise Schools.  

The District web address will remain the same - and will contain a drop down box with links to each school's website.   A new mobile app will be designed in the near future to help connect parents to the new website anytime and anywhere.

The Boise School District has spent many months on this important project.  In the spring of 2015, the district went through a careful  process to find the best platform for our new website. A screening team, comprised of district staff and board members, ranked all of the bids that had been received. Later they listened to presentations from the three finalists and awarded the bid to Sharpschool.

David Roberts, Technology Administrator, commented, "We have been very pleased with the website building process with Sharpschool. The new website is structurally sound, a great tool for teachers and staff to work with, and should provide a great experience for all end users."

Frank Church High School Students Honored:  Frank Church High School recently held its honor roll breakfast in September to recognize  the students from fourth quarter of the 2014-15 school year. A total of 88 students made the honor roll by achieving a 3.0 GPA or above.  Those students were invited to attend the breakfast.  Frank Church staff members donated food for the event and also helped serve these deserving students. "It is encouraging for the students, because not only do they make the honor roll, but they also see the staff acknowledging them for their hard work throughout the quarter, " said Principal Derek Gardner.  "It is a great event that promotes dedication to academics and citizenship."

Boise Teacher Named Foreign Language Teacher of the Year:  Congratulations to Sheila Miller for being honored as the Idaho Association of Teachers of Language & Culture (IATLC) Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016.   Sheila Miller is a World Language Educator at Borah High school teaching both Spanish and Japanese.  "She shines as an educator and advocate for World Languages," said Helga Frankenstein, World Languages Supervisor, Boise School District. "She has an immense passion for learning and this passion translates into her passion for teaching."  Sheila Miller is also a dedicated professional committed to improving World Language instruction across the state.  She is and has been and active member, and one time president, of IATLC for many years. She currently serves on the  Idaho Standards Revision Team for World Languages and she has presented many times at the IATLC State Conference.  

Math Teacher Published in National Math Journal:  AP Calculus Teacher Marti Dinkelman, Boise High, has been published in the Mathematics Teacher Journal.  Her work appears in the edition Learning about Functions Through Learner-Generated ExamplesClick here to read the publication.  

Librarian Receives Grant to Buy Books:  Nancy Peters-Oliver, Taft Elementary School Librarian, has received a $2,500.00 grant from author James Patterson's $1.25 million dollar program Pledge to Libraries. The grant also includes matching Scholastic Reading Club dollars. The funds will be used to purchase much-needed books for the school library.

Direct Admission and the SBAC Graduation Requirement:  In his latest Data Points blog post, Boise District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly takes a closer look at the Idaho State Board of Education's recently passed "Direct Admission" standard and how the SBAC graduation requirement will impact students.  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.

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.

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