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November 9:  Boise School District Board meeting, 6:00 p.m., Boise District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise.  Some of the agenda items include presentation of Red Apple Award to Lori Diehl, 4th Grade Teacher, Riverside Elementary School; Golden Apple Award to Shari Rogers, Educational Interpreter, Borah High School; Open Enrollment Report; Monthly Enrollment Report; and 2016-17 School Calendar. Click here to review complete agenda.  

November 11:  Boise Schools will participate in a number of Veterans Day activities/events. For example, Garfield Elementary School's Grizzly Honor Choir has been invited to sing at the BSU Veterans Day Event, which will be held in the Stueckle Sky Center at BSU from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Parents, family members and all Veterans of the Armed Forces are encouraged to join us in this beautiful location. This event is free to the public and there will be free parking available in the West Stadium Parking lot in front of the Stueckle Sky Center.  Complimentary refreshments will also be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  For further information contact Teresa Finch, Garfield Music Specialist/Choir Director at [email protected] 

November 13:  Cynthia Mann Elementary School will honor our country's veterans with an an annual musical performance by the school's choir complete with songs and readings directed by Elementary Music Specialist Kim Thompson.  The concert will be held at 10:15 a.m. and again at 2:15 p.m.  Cynthia Mann is located at 5401 W. Castle Dr., Boise.  

November 14:  14th Annual Boise School District Employee Holiday Bazaar - November 14th, West Junior High School, 8371 W. Salt Creek Ct., 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

November 23- 27:  Thanksgiving holiday break. No school for Boise School District students.

High School Senior Named State Finalist:  Capital High School Senior Hannah Spero (pictured) has been named a Wendy's High School Heisman State Finalist. She is one of ten (10) Idaho girls selected as a State Finalist. Hannah will now move on for a chance to become a State Winner - one female and one male student will receive this honor from Idaho.  Since 1994, Wendy's High School Heisman has honored more than 600,000 of the nation's most esteemed high school seniors in partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trophy´┐Ż. The leadership award-honorees are well-rounded young men and woman who excel in learning, performing and leading in the classroom, on the field and in the community. By honoring student accomplishments, Wendy's High School Heisman inspires all future high school students to pursue their higher education goals. In addition to being a high achieving student, Hannah plays softball for Capital High. Click here to learn more.  
School Psychologist Honored:  School Psychologist Dr. Lisa Sterling (Fairmont and Hillside junior high schools) was recently awarded the Idaho School Psychologists Community Service Award for her work with the refugee population in Boise.  The purpose of the Community Service Award is to identify and recognize a school psychologist who has been an outstanding advocate for children and their families. Dr. Sterling works to ensure that this often disenfranchised community has access to support services, has a clear understanding of the educational process and feels adequately supported within the Boise School District.  Dr. Sterling has also assisted in creating a Parent Education course within the Boise School District, specific to the needs of the refugee population.

Assistance League of Boise Donates Books to JFK:  Assistance League of Boise (ALB) has donated more than 400 books  to the Boise District's Just for Kids (JFK) childcare program.  On Thursday, October 29, ALB Boise generously donated 475 books to JFK. The presentation was made at the Garfield Just For Kids location by the Assistance League's Libby Hofmann and three of her colleagues.   Mrs. Hofmann read a story to the children during her visit.  The following week the books were distributed to the other eleven Just For Kids program sites. Pictured: Students help carry the donated books to Garfield's JFK program.

Fairmont Junior High Library Receives Grant:  Best selling Author James Patterson has donated $4,000 to Fairmont Junior High School's Library as part of a nationwide program to give $1.75 million to school libraries.  The funds will  be usd this spring to purchase a book for every 7th & 8th grader to own and read over the summer.  "Research continues to inform educators that there is significant loss of learning due to summer break. When kids read during the summer they keep their skills sharper for learning and can actually accelerate learning even during the 'off season' of summer break,"  said Debbie Jenson, Media Specialist, Fairmont.  

We have "Lift-Off!" - Learn More About District's New Website:  Boise School District has launched a new website. An FAQ webpage, complete with video tutorials, has been created to help you learn more about the features of this exciting new communication tool. Click here to learn more.  

Borah Music Students Earn Awards:  Congratulations to the Borah High School Roaring Lions Marching Band for an outstanding season. At the Treasure Valley Festival of Bands competition the Borah Band won 1st place in Music Performance in Group 4 Open and 1st in Music over all 20 bands in competition. At the District III competition Borah won 1st place in Music Performance in Group 4 Open and finished in 2nd in Music Performance out of 27 bands in competition. 

Also, congratulations to the following Borah Band students for being selected to play in the BSU Blue Thunder Honor Marching Band performing at Half-time on November 14th. Brittani Abeyta- Flute, MacKenzie Bennett- Alto Sax, Josiah Frank- Trumpet, Aaron Scheiss- Trombone, Jack Woods- Trombone, Hans Offerdahl- Tuba, Chris Sallard- Tuba, Katie Ash- Snare, Madeline Hooyboer- Tenors, Malia Dustin- Cymbals, Jessica McCarrey- Cymbals. A special Congratulations to Josiah Frank-Trumpet, Jordan Brown- Trombone for auditioning and being selected to perform in the Idaho Music Educators Association All-State Honor Band in Pocatello in February. Click here to access the District's elementary and secondary music calendars for the 2015-16 school year.  

Tweet and Shout About BSD Success!:  Be sure to share your Boise School District pride on Twitter by using the hashtag #BSDpride. Capture all the great things happening in your Boise school by sharing tweets, photos and videos to help celebrate your school's success!

Community Education Recruiting Volunteer Instructors:  Community Education would love to have YOU teach with us!  Recruiting for the Winter 2016 session will begin the week of October 26 and run through November 20.  This eight-week session runs January 25 - March 17, 2016.  Community Education classes are held at three local schools - Timberline High, West Jr. High, and Hillside Jr. High - or can be conducted at the instructor's place of business, if necessary.  Classes operate from 6:30- 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Please note that your class does not have to run the full eight weeks; you can schedule the number of class meetings you need in order to cover the material you wish to present. To apply to become a volunteer instructor and submit a class proposal, visit and click on Teach With Us!  Boise Schools Community Education has been a valuable part of the Treasure Valley for more than 40 years, bringing lifelong learning opportunities to the community.  For further information, call 854-4047 or e-mail [email protected].

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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