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What's Happening in Boise School District

October 19: Community Education session continues with our final week of fall classes.  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 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 20:  The Combined choirs from Boise, Borah, Capital and Timberline High Schools in Boise will present a joint concert in the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 7:30 p.m. entitled The Ultimate Choral Experience. The concert is FREE! Individual choirs will perform and then join forces along with the Timberline High School Chamber Orchestra to perform "Magnificat" by J. S. Bach.
Guest Conductor:  Timothy Westerhaus from Gonzaga University. Click here  for more information.   

October 22: Timberline High School Orchestra is presenting its annual benefit concert at 7:00 p.m. in the Timberline auditorium. Music From Around the World will feature two outstanding local ethnic music groups, Alma de Mexico mariachi band and The Giant Leprechauns Irish band. We will also present Ms. Chi-Li Ho, violinist soloist, in Sketches of China. International food selections will be available for purchase at intermission. This fundraising event will benefit the orchestra travel fund. Please join us for a fun evening of music and food. Donations to Timberline Orchestra will be accepted at the door. For a donation of $10, you may enter in a drawing for door prizes!

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."

"Fuel Idaho Schools Month " Helps Les Bois Students Learn About Cell Biology:  Ninth-grade science students at Les Bois Junior High School are excited about 10 new microscope slides that were recently delivered to their classroom. The science equipment allows students to receive up-close, hands-on learning about  cell biology. Funding for the microscope slides was provided through the Fuel Your School program. Click here to learn more or click on the adjacent video image.  

Roosevelt Students Raise Funds to Help Kids Feel Better: Thank you to the Roosevelt Elementary School community of parents, staff, students and volunteers whose efforts made Pajama Day a huge success. Contributions of fabric, donations, and over 60 volunteer hours will impact hundreds of Idaho children!  Girl Scout Troops 803 and 444 helped organize and prep for the Pajama Day event with the guidance of Mrs. Bronner and Mrs. Clark. Together, the Roosevelt community sewed 213 pillowcases and collected donations of over $300 for Ryan's Case for Smiles! Ryan's Case for Smiles helps kids to feel better so they can heal better by providing colorful pillowcases to every child in the children's hospital at St. Luke's.  The colorful pillowcases provide proven stress relievers that enhance the well-being of the children and their families, providing comfort, play, choice, familiarity, expression, connection and hope.  With improved emotional well-being the children are likely to regain their health faster.   

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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